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[SMM inventory] where should environmental inspectors go when they step into normal steel enterprises under high pressure?
May 7,2018
The content below was translated by Tencent automatically for reference.

SMM: after the Ministry of Ecology and Environment decided to launch the first round of environmental inspectors this year, Zhejiang, Anhui, Guangdong and other provinces have recently launched provincial environmental inspectors. These provinces have not only formulated special actions, but also highlighted key areas of supervision and inspection, such as the atmosphere, in accordance with the actual situation in various localities.

Anhui took the lead in achieving full coverage of provincial environmental protection inspectors throughout the country last year. In order to effectively improve the quality of the air environment, Anhui decided to carry out a one-year supervision from March 6. At the same time, the Anhui Environmental Protection Department has formulated a special rectification and inspection program, sending four inspection teams to Tongling, Chizhou and other five cities to carry out special rectification and supervision of outstanding problems of solid waste environmental pollution. The contents of the supervision and inspection include the implementation of the deployment of the provincial special rectification and reform promotion committee, the organization of economic parks along the Yangtze River, industrial and medical hazardous waste generation units and other seven key areas of investigation, and so on.

The Guangdong Environmental Protection Agency launched a one-year inspection of air pollution prevention and control in the surrounding area of the Lion Ocean in March this year. It is reported that this year, the Guangdong Provincial Environmental Protection Department will continue to carry out special inspections, and the thinking of supervision will be adjusted compared with last year. This year, key watersheds and key areas will be selected to highlight the atmosphere of water and individual key areas. special supervision methods will be more diversified and will be further strengthened.

Zhejiang Province announced on April 8 that it will launch a special law enforcement operation for "Blue Sky Defense" No. 1 to carry out a week-long provincial inspection of environmental protection. The special action mainly highlights three key points, including highlighting the winter and spring periods with heavy levels of air pollution, highlighting key improvement factors, highlighting key industry areas, and so on. The inspection focuses on the implementation of the arrangements in various localities and the implementation of enterprises, as well as the rectification and reform of environmental issues related to enterprises in six major industries, such as thermal power, in the feedback from the central environmental protection inspectors.

On May 3, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment interviewed the main responsible comrades of the governments of Jincheng, Hebei Province, Handan, and Yangquan, Shanxi Province, on the prevention and control of air pollution, and simultaneously suspended the examination and approval of environmental impact assessment (EIA) for new air pollutant emissions in the three cities. Prior to this, the Ministry of Ecology and the Environment intensively reported seven major pollution incidents that have rebounded after the central environmental protection inspectors, failed to rectify and reform, and were exposed by the media. At the same time, the first round of central environmental inspectors recently handed over a beautiful report card to the community: in just two years, they have completed full coverage of all provinces in the country, with more than 18000 accountable people. More than 80,000 environmental problems reflected by the masses have been solved.

It has been learned from the Liaoning Provincial Environmental Protection Department that in order to further supervise and urge all regions to carry out the rectification and reform of the feedback opinions of the central environmental protection inspectors in a down-to-earth manner and to verify and verify the progress of the rectification and reform work in a targeted manner, Liaoning Province has organized the establishment of a joint supervision and inspection team. Special inspections should be carried out on key issues and on the completion of rectification and reform tasks and the slow progress of rectification and reform tasks by the end of 2017.

SMM analysis: environmental supervision has become the "new normal". Individual provinces "point" type spot check and key provinces "back horse gun type review and accountability will continue, which indicates that from the policy to steel enterprises to strengthen the implementation of capacity. In addition, recent Sino-US trade friction intensified, steel exports fell sharply in the first quarter, external pressure will prompt China to accelerate the phase-out of backward production capacity, thus promoting structural transformation.

Hebei and Jiangsu, the major iron and steel provinces, have become the key objects of concern.

According to SMM statistics, from the provincial iron and steel capacity data, Hebei Province iron and steel production capacity of 165.54 million tons, ranking first, accounting for 25.34%; Jiangsu Province steel production capacity of 65.85 million tons, ranking second, accounting for 10.08%. As a result, Hebei and Jiangsu have become the main monitoring areas in environmental inspection operations.

Tangshan: Tangshan is a big iron and steel city in the country, the city's iron and steel output accounts for about half of the total output of Hebei Province, accounting for the country's top 1/7.

Event combing:

According to the Municipal Environmental Protection Center's forecast that a pollution weather process will occur in Tangshan in the near future, the municipal government decided to take emergency emission reduction measures from 12:00 on April 28 to 12:00 on May 1. On the premise of implementing the production requirements of the non-heating season fault peak, the iron and steel industry stopped sintering in Lubei District, Fengnan District, Fengrun District, Guzhi District, Kaiping District, and Luanxian County from 16:00 on April 28 to 8: 00 on April 29 and from 19:00 on April 30 to 12:00 on May 1. The production limit of sintering in other periods is 50%, and that of steel enterprises in other regions is 50% in the whole sintering period.

[Tangshan Steel Enterprises Sintering, Shaft Furnace production limit of 50%] according to the Ministry of Environmental Protection Forecast and Command Center consultation, Tangshan City from April 27 to 30 will appear a moderate pollution process, local will appear severe pollution. In order to deal with this pollution process, iron and steel enterprises are required to limit the production of sintering machines and shaft furnaces by 50 percent from 0: 00 a.m. on the 27th to 24:00 on the 30th: on the premise of implementing the production requirements of the non-heating season, and automatically lift the directive after 24:00 on the 30th. Iron and steel enterprises sintering machine, shaft furnace to resume production.

It is reported that Tangshan Yongshun Coking was filmed stealing platoon by an undercover visiting group. at present, the enterprise has been forced to stew the furnace, the environmental protection law enforcement team has been stationed in the enterprise, and the discipline Inspection Commission has intervened to start accountability. Yongshun is currently producing 1.2 million tons of energy.

SMM analysis: according to the Hebei Development and Reform Commission, the Industrial Coordination Office of the Development and Reform Commission announced Hebei's plan to eliminate iron and steel overcapacity in 2017. It involves 33 blast furnaces and 29 converters in 31 steel enterprises in Tangshan, Handan, Qinhuangdao, Xingtai, Chengde, Zhangjiakou, Shijiazhuang and Xinji, with a planned steelmaking capacity of 21.78 million tons and ironmaking capacity of 18.07 million tons.

In 2018, as the work of reducing production capacity continued, the results of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei and surrounding areas deepening Air pollution Control medium-and long-term Planning Research Project were released in Beijing on May 4. In the long run, the industries with the greatest emission reduction potential in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei are steel, cement and petrochemical, the study said. In order to achieve the target of regional air quality standards, the long-term iron and steel production capacity in Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei needs to be controlled at 200 million tons.

Jiangsu gradually resumes production in eight cities along the Yangtze River, Xuzhou continues to stop

Chen Zhipeng, member of the party group and deputy director of the Provincial Environmental Protection Department, said bluntly that four problems are particularly prominent in the areas along the Yangtze River in our province: first, the industrial structure is still biased. About 2% of the province's heavy chemical production capacity is concentrated on both sides of the Yangtze River, and the total amount of wastewater discharged from the eight cities along the Yangtze River accounts for 74% of the province's total. Second, the environmental risk is becoming more and more prominent. Along the Yangtze River, there are more than 700 chemical enterprises and more than 110 chemical terminals, with an annual transit of more than 200 million tons of dangerous chemicals, crisscross between sewage outlets and water intakes, and superposition of land and water risks. Third, the water quality of tributaries into the river is worrying. In the first quarter, the water quality of tributaries into the Yangtze River decreased by 53.3%, down 16.5 percentage points, and the proportion of inferior Ⅴ was 20%, up 10.7 percentage points. the situation is not optimistic. Fourth, the problem of environmental violations is still prominent. Although in recent years we have continued to step up law enforcement and severely crack down on environmental crimes, the incidence of illegal cases is still high.

SMM analysis: on April 25, General Secretary Xi Jinping visited the Yangtze River by boat, boarded a ship at the Jingzhou Port wharf, went down the river, and inspected the ecological environment, development, and construction along the Yangtze River. We will listen to reports on shipping and waterway regulation of the Yangtze River, river regime control and bank revetment projects, and the regulation of illegal docks. Jiangsu Province, as the estuary of the Yangtze River, is an important part of the Yangtze River Basin management, so it is reasonable to strengthen the environmental protection supervision in Jiangsu Province in the near future. According to SMM analysis, the environmental inspection in eight cities along the Yangtze River in Jiangsu Province (Nanjing, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou, Changzhou, Suzhou, Wuxi, Nantong, etc.) is expected to last for several weeks. at present, the area says that production is normal for the time being and has not yet received news of the shutdown of steel mills.

[Xuzhou] on 9 April, the Jiangsu Provincial "263" Office and the Provincial Environmental Protection Department jointly carried out special assistance and key supervision actions for the prevention and control of air pollution in Xuzhou, because of the ineffective prevention and control of air pollution. The discipline Inspection Commission and Supervisory Commission of Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, recently investigated 45 responsible personnel, of whom 33 were punished for party discipline and government affairs, and 12 were organized and dealt with.

SMM analysis: according to the data statistics, the total monthly output of steel mills in Xuzhou area is 850000 tons, of which the thread accounts for about 70 per cent, about 600000 tons, the daily average impact of the shutdown is about 26000 tons. According to the latest news on May 7, environmental protection in Xuzhou area of Jiangsu Province has been tightened again. in the early stage, the production of coke enterprises in Xuzhou area was limited by 50% to 70%. This week, the government asked coke enterprises to stop all. at present, all steel mills in Xuzhou area are still in a state of complete shutdown, and the time for resumption of production is unknown.

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