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SMALL GOLD MINES IN CHINA TO BE SHUT DOWN

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

CHINA TO WIND DOWN SMALL GOLD MINES

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is putting together new standards for the gold industry which will raise the startup barriers, and entities with daily gold processing capacity of less than 50 tons will have to get out of the industry, the Shanghai Securities News said on Tuesday.

Local governments, Reuters reports, have already received orders to shut small gold miners down.  The industry ministry is planning to go even further, by closing mines with a daily gold processing capacity of below 100 tonnes and halting approvals for small ore processing companies.

In addition, large gold miners will be encouraged to expand overseas in order to increase resource supplies.

China, the world’s largest bullion producer, currently has no limits on gold production and production is determined by the gold producers, adds the report.

The record-high prices over the past two years has encouraged miners to boost gold output at all costs, including dubious & dangerous practices that have heavily polluted rivers and soil and, according to Reuters, caused cancer-related deaths to soar in soeveral areas.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

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