Cotton mills in Hebei and Shandong have suspended production as part of measures to curb smog pollution that has blanketed the north of the country over the past few years. Mills have stopped buying raw cotton and closed in North China's two provinces, but details about how many mills affected were unrevealed.
The shutdowns come as more than 40 cities in Northeast China have issued pollution warnings in the past 48 hours. According to the website of CNR, about 1,767 factories in Shandong were asked to close temporarily and 1,399 companies were required to limit production amid heavy smog pollution but no details about the companies were disclosed. Traffic controls were also carried out, and schools were asked to stop having class.