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Furnace shut down to clean up Beijing for Olympics

Beijing's biggest steel company has shut down another of its blast furnaces as part of efforts to clean up the city before the Summer Olympics begin in August, Chinese state media said today.

The Beijing Shougang Group, one of the capital city's major polluters, extinguished the fire in the number four blast furnace after 35 years in operation, the official Xinhua News Agency said.

The number two furnace will be shut down by March and operations in number three will be suspended during the games, Xinhua said, citing Li Yan, head of Shougang's production department.

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