China Begins Coal Mine Safety Crackdown

From AP, via Guardian Unlimited:

China is closing 5,290 coal mines in a safety crackdown on the world’s deadliest mining industry, the government announced Thursday.

The figure is higher than a previously reported estimate of 4,000 mines that would be closed after safety inspections in 2005, the official Xinhua News Agency said. It cited figures released at a conference held by the State Administration of Work Safety.

The government has launched a series of safety campaigns in recent years in an attempt to rein in accidents that kill more than 5,000 Chinese coal miners annually. But death tolls are largely unchanged.

January 5, 2006 7:52 AM
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