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PM approves mineral exploitation ban

Update: March, 23/2016 - 10:36

HCM CITY (VNS) — The Government has approved the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment’s temporary ban on mining at many places in the central province of Ninh Thuận to protect historical relics, enable infrastructure work and for other reasons.

The province People’s Committee earlier reviewed mining done at various places and identified some for the ban.

In all, the ban takes effect at 1,236 places, and the official reasons cited include protection of historical and cultural relics and sightseeing destinations; protected land and forests; geological studies; land earmarked for military; buffer land for infrastructure works like high voltage grids, traffic works, irrigation, dykes; land for urban development, industrial parks and industrial clusters; and land for water storage and emission and wastewater treatment plants.

They cover an area of 224,513 hectares.

The ministry has made sure the laws allow the ban. — VNS

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