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
The countrys Ministry of
Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and the Ministry of
Environmental Protection jointly issued the draft rules March
New producers must also obtain
approval from environmental authorities at or above the
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