(ECNS) – Beijing has ordered chemical enterprises to halt production and circulation of highly toxic or explosive chemicals from Aug. 17 to Sept. 6, the Beijing Times reported, citing information from the Beijing Administration of Work Safety.
Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Yankun presided over a video conference Thursday following the deadly blasts that occurred in the Binhai New Area of North China's Tianjin port late on Wednesday. [Special coverage]
Zhang gave a briefing on the latest developments in Tianjin, and announced new restrictions on industries involved with dangerous chemicals and fireworks, while ordering tightened supervision over industrial enterprises.
All enterprises engaged in the production and sale of dangerous chemicals must suspend construction and renovation projects, stop work involving the use of fire as well as other special activities within a limited space, and take preventative measures to ensure safety.
Beijing will also impose stricter controls on new projects involving dangerous chemicals and shut down enterprises that do not meet safety standards, for the grand military parade to celebrate the 70th anniversary of victory in World War II. [Special coverage]
In addition, a safety overhaul of storage facilities for dangerous chemicals will be carried out immediately, Zhang said.