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Alumina supply tightens as Shanxi punishes polluters

Inspectors from the local government of North China’s Shanxi province have begun investigating complaints that alumina plants in the province are responsible for serious leaks from sludge dumps that are causing pollution. Thus, market sources fear alumina supplies could be significantly affected.
Shanxi is one of China’s largest production bases for alumina, hosting 15 refineries with a combined capacity of 24.7 million tonnes/year of alumina capacity – nearly one-third of China’s total. Shanxi industry sources tell Mysteel that with the stoppages ordered last Friday, this round of environmental protection inspections was expected

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