China's state council is urging local governments to strengthen grips on safety measures in the mining industry, according to a government notice issued on February 24.
The notice stressed to cramp down on illegal blasting, illegal subcontracting underground projects, using eliminated mining equipment and processes, overproducing, organizing production in mines with great safety loopholes, and expanding capacity without approvals.
The state council asked mining enterprises to cut production immediately if their production exceeds approved capacity. Those mines should stop production for rectification if the overproduction has caused safety hazards.
Coal production increased sharply in December and January, as miners shot up output to ensure sufficient supply over the peak demand period in the winter heating season. There may be phenomena of overproduction at some coal mines during the period, which could leave some safety loopholes for following operation.
The notice came ahead of the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference, known as the "Two Sessions", which are expected to commerce in early March and last for 10-20 days, in a bid to avert any embarrassing mining accidents during the politically sensitive period.
An explosion at a gold mine in Qixia in eastern China's Shandong province last month left 10 workers dead and one missing after two weeks of recue, the latest hit on the country's accident-prone mining industry.
The state council criticized some local governments haven't leant from previous lessons, resulting in chaos in management of explosive devices, outsourcing projects among others.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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