SHANGHAI China has issued draft rules that seek to immediately shut secondary lead producers with a capacity below 10,000 tonnes per year, as well as those with crucible-melting or coal-fired furnaces.
The rules also stipulate that new secondary lead producers must have a capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year or more and must not use crucible-melting or coal-fired furnaces.
The countrys Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Ministry of Environmental Protection jointly issued the draft rules March 25.
New producers must also obtain approval from environmental authorities at or above the provincial level.
The government plans to eliminate scrap lead producers with a capacity of less than 30,000 tonnes per year by year-end.
Public opinion on the rules is being solicited until April 10, the ministries said.
MIIT earlier this year raised entry requirements for copper scrap producers and for secondary aluminum manufacturers (amm.com, Jan. 30).
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Metal Bulletin.