Bad neighbours: life in the shadow of a steel production plant

Against the background of rapid economic development in Jiangsu Province, China, large scale high energy consumption industries are being sustained by local government. As a result Jiangsu Province's use of coal makes up over 70% of its total energy usage. Under pressure from the Yangzi River Delta Pollution Control Policy, the traditional high-polluting industries are confronted with the difficulties of transformation. Statistics have shown that in 2014 Jiangsu Province still had big industries that exceeded the national standard for emissions. The most notable offenders are the coal, steel and chemical industries.

In northern Jiangsu, whilst the pollution left over from old industrial cities still has not been cleaned up, new industrial parks are further expanding the damage done by pollution. As the focus on GDP fades, the price paid for industrial development is becoming clear. It is reflected in the physical health of the residents, young and old, of areas surrounding the factories

Xuzhou South Eastern Steel Industrial Ltd is the parent company of Xuzhou Steel Group, a large private enterprise in Jiangsu Province. The South Eastern steel plant in Xuzhou, Liguo Town, has previously been named “one of the top 10 private enterprises in Jiangsu Province” and has received numerous rewards from the local government.

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