China shuts only undersea coal mine amid production rebound
May 25, 2017
BEIJING (AP) — China is shutting down its only undersea coal mine, state-run newspapers reported Wednesday, as the government struggles to rein in rising production that threatens to frustrate a planned shift to cleaner-burning fuels.
The Beizao coal mine in Shandong Province will shut down in October and its 1,580 employees will be offered new jobs, the Global Times and others reported.
China is the world's largest coal consumer. Pollution from the fuel is a major contributor to smog that blankets many Chinese cities.
Government officials announced plans to shutter 1,000 mines in 2016. B...