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China closes 11,000 mines in safety crackdown

January 13, 2008

BEIJING, China (AP) — China has closed more than 11,000 small coal mines as part of a two-year-old safety crackdown aimed at stemming the industry’s high death toll, the government reported Sunday.

Chinese mining claimed 3,786 lives in 2007, an improvement on 2006 but still the worst record globally.

The total of 11,155 represents 45 percent of all small mines slated for closure, according to a report on the central government’s official Web site.

Reasons cited for closure include failure to obtain proper permits or safety equipment, causing undue damage to the environment, and exclusion from government economic plans.

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China’s coal mines kill 3,786 in 2007