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Coal Mine Safety Chief Wants Out of Spotlight – Great Wall Online

Translated by CDT from Great Wall Online: Li Yizhong (李毅中), the high profile coal mine safety chief of China, is known in the media as “China’s most exhausted senior official” and “the official who has erupted the most in anger,” mostly for trailing accidents across the country “putting out the fire.” Recently Li’s fellow comrade […]

Yunnan Imposes Coal Mine Owners Safety Training – Xinhua

From Xinhua, translated by CDT: It’s been learned from Yunnan’s provincial work safety teleconference on Oct. 9 that the southwest province is imposing mandatory training for coal mine owners, managers and relevant workers to reduce mining fatalities. The convened training is required at least once or twice a year. The province will also crack down […]

China to close another 7,000 coal mines before ’08 – Xinhua

From xinhua, via China Daily: China will shut down additional 7,000 small coal mines to bring their total number below 10,000 before 2008, a senior official with the State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS) said on Thursday. Li Yizhong, the chief of SAWS, said at a conference on coal mine safety that the number of […]

The high price paid by China’s miners – Daniel Griffiths

From the BBC (link): Coal is needed to generate more than two-thirds of the country’s electricity, making China both the world’s largest coal producer and consumer. But profit-hungry mine owners are desperate to take advantage of soaring coal prices and often ignore safety precautions in an effort to increase production. And Chinese miners are paying […]

China to shut down all small-sized coal mines by 2015 – Xinhua

From Xinhua: China to close down 70 percent of small-sized coal mines by 2010 and shut all down by 2015, the Ministry of Land and Resources said here Wednesday. China now has about 24,000 small coal mines with an annual production output ranging from 10,000 tons to 30,000 tons each, accounting for 70 percent of […]

China sets modest goal in cutting coal mine deaths – Reuters

From Reuters: China, home to the world’s deadliest coal mines, has set a deliberately modest goal to reduce the death toll this year by beefing up safety and closing thousands of unsafe collieries, state media said. Official figures show 3,341 gas explosions, pit floods and other accidents in Chinese coal mines killed 5,986 people in […]

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