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Jiangxi Copper ordered to stop production amid pollution concerns

Jiangxi Copper Co. Ltd. will stop all production in its home province following a Jiangxi government order to help fight pollution in the area, Bloomberg News reported Dec. 26, citing a company official.

The halt will remain in place for at least a week, before local pollution levels are re-evaluated.

China's largest producer is in discussions with the government to only stop smelting and keep refining operational to lower financial losses arising from the order.

Jiangxi Copper has capacity of 1.02 million tonnes per annum in the province.

Earlier in December, Tongling Nonferrous Metals Group Co. Ltd. started idling 20% to 30% of its 800,000-tonne annual copper smelting capacity in accordance with an Anhui province government directive to curb pollution over the winter months.