China restricts mining of refractory clay, fluorite

The Peoples Republic of China has begun to restrict the mining and production of refractory clay and fluorite over concerns about decreasing reserves and environmental pollution, according to a notice posted on the central government's website reported by Xinhua.  The government intends to implement comprehensive restrictions, involving taxation, production planning management, industry entry standards and export policies.

Land and resources authorities are to enhance efforts to address problems in refractory clay and fluorite mining, and will not accept applications for new prospecting and mining projects starting from 2 January. Industry entry standards for refractory clay and fluorite enterprises will be published on 1 March.

The notice also calls for intensified customs efforts to crack down on smuggling and supervision on refuse ore treatment.