BEIJING Dec 20 A major city in China's Shandong
province has ordered seven big coal-fired power plants to cut
output by nearly two-thirds as part of a clampdown on pollution
as smog blanketed northern parts of the country.
In a notice reviewed by Reuters, the environmental regulator
of Zoucheng city in Shandong, a province known for both its
farming and industrial facilities, ordered at least 30 companies
to either cut output by 60 percent or shut completely.
The order by the city, with a population of more than 1
million, included a plant run by Huadian Power International
and came into effect on Friday.
Factories owned by brewer Beijing Yanjing Brewery Co Ltd
and paper company Shan Dong Sun Paper Industry
were also ordered to curb output by 60 percent.
The measures will last as long as the city's current level 2
smog alert is in effect, a person familiar with the matter told
(Reporting by Meng Meng and Josephine Mason; Additional
reporting by Muyu Xu; Writing by Josephine Mason; Editing by