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Police seize illegally mined rare earth in Fujian

(People's Daily)

16:08, September 26, 2011

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

Recently, police destroyed an illegal mining den in the village of Xiabao in Liancheng County, Fujian province, and 13,000 kilograms of rare earth, generators, drying machines, oxalic acid, sulfuric acid and other raw materials was seized.
  
The market price of rare earth has been increasing in recent years and current prices have hit 300,000 yuan per metric ton. Because of the excessive profit that can be made, illegal mining remains incessant. Related departments in Liancheng County launched a special campaign to combat illegal exploitation of rare earth starting in July this year.
 
Prior to this case, police in Lianchang County destroyed 168 illegal rare-earth flow tanks, 45 work sheds and seized more than 1.7 metric tons of wet rare earth and a combined 10 metric tons of oxalic acid and sulfuric acid.

In addition, 11 undocumented rare earth mines were shut down and five illegally mined spots were investigated.

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