More than 2,000 coal mines to be closed

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China will shut down more than 2,000 coal mines next year and limit the num­ber to 10,000 by 2016 to im­prove work safety and curb pol­lu­tion.

More than 1,100 coal mines were closed this year to elim­i­nate out­dated ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the re­port from a top work safety watch­dog.

Last month, a fire at a coal mine of state-owned Liaon­ing Fuxin Coal corp claimed 28 lives and in­jured 50 peo­ple.

Small coal mines are more prone to ac­ci­dents and their out­dated fa­cil­i­ties have been crit­i­cized for low ef­fi­ciency and caus­ing pol­lu­tants.

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