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China issues list of eco-friendly rare earth firms

By Zhou Xiaoyuan (People's Daily Overseas Edition)

13:24, November 25, 2011

Edited and translated by Yao Chun, People's Daily Online

The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection issued a list of the first batch of Chinese eco-friendly rare earth firms on Nov. 24.

From now on, environmental protection departments all over the country will not examine and approve environmental impact assessments for new projects submitted by those enterprises that are excluded from the list as well as their environmental verification applications for listing, according to the ministry.

Those firms will also be denied special funds for environmental protection as well as environmental protection proofs or other compliance proofs, ministry spokesman Tao Detian said.

At present, there are more than 300 rare earth enterprises distributed throughout the Inner Mongolia, Zhuang autonomous regions as well as Jiangxi, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Shandong, Guangxi, Fujian, Hunan and Sichuan provinces.

According to the ministry, the status of environmental protection in this industry, characterized by environmental pollution and the ecological destruction, is relative backward,

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