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China to expedite closure of small-scale coal mines

In its latest mine safety plan, China unveiled measures to expedite the closure of small-scale coal mines and to minimize fatalities over the next three years, Reuters reported June 12.

Citing data jointly issued by the State Administration of Work Safety and the State Administration of Coal Mine Safety, the report said Beijing will speed up closure of coal mines with an annual production of 90,000 tonnes or less.

At the end of 2015, 45.5% of China's 9,598 coal mines were small-scale.

The plan also includes reducing coal mine deaths by more than 15%, the report said.