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China shuts its only undersea coal mine to rein in rising production

Reports say Beizao coal mine's 1,580 employees will be offered new jobs

AP/PTI  |  Beijing 

China is shutting down its only undersea coal mine, state-run newspapers reported on Wednesday, as the government struggles to rein in rising production that threatens to frustrate a planned shift to cleaner-burning fuels. The Beizao coal mine in Shandong Province will shut down in October and its 1,580 employees will be offered new jobs, the Global Times and others reported. China is the world's largest coal consumer. Pollution from the fuel is a major contributor to smog that blankets many Chinese cities. Government officials announced plans to shutter 1,000 mines in 2016. ...

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First Published: Wed, May 24 2017. 13:49 IST
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