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China relaxes coal mine safety norms on deepening energy crisis

A shortage of coal heading into winter has sent prices in China and around the world surging to record levels

The National Development and Reform Commission told miners at a meeting on Thursday that accidents will no longer result in the shutdown of nearby mines for safety inspections. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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The National Development and Reform Commission told miners at a meeting on Thursday that accidents will no longer result in the shutdown of nearby mines for safety inspections. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Dan Murtaugh | Bloomberg
Chinese regulators plan to be more prudent in their response to mining accidents as authorities ask coal producers to ramp up output to help stave off the country’s deepening power crisis.
 
The National Development and Reform Commission told miners at a meeting on Thursday that accidents will no longer result in the shutdown of nearby mines for safety inspections, local industry publication Fengkuang Coal Logistics said in a WeChat post. The move comes as Beijing calls for them to produce coal at full capacity for the rest of the year even if they exceed quota limits.

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First Published: Oct 05 2021 | 1:37 AM IST

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