October 31st: The local authorities of Binzhou, Shandong announced an ‘Orange Alert’, indicating a severe air pollution level II from 31st October to 3rd November. The local authority of Shanxi also announced an ‘Orange Alert’ from 31st October to 4th November for cities including Taiyuan, Jinzhong, Yangquan, Linfen, Changzhi, Yuncheng, Jincheng, Xinzhou and Luliang regions. Henan authorities have announced an ‘Orange Alert’ from 31st October to 6th November for some local cities.
During the alert period, 15 industries including iron and steel, coking, alumina, primary aluminum, and carbon must implement emission reduction measures in strict accordance with the Orange alert requirements. Alumina refineries are required to cut clinker and calcination capacity by 50%, by production lines; primary aluminium smelters are required to cut overall capacity by 30% by electrolytic cells; and carbon producers are required to cut roasting capacities by more than 50% by amount of flame making system. Truck transport of raw materials under the ‘National Stage IV Motor Vehicle Pollutant Emission Standard’, is forbidden.