Bloomberg Law
Nov. 5, 2018, 7:34 PM

Rare Earth Environmental Inspections in China Could Affect Supply

China has started a monthlong crackdown on environmental violations by companies mining and producing rare earth elements in eight provinces, a move that could lead to supply disruptions.

China supplies nearly 80 percent of the world’s supplies of 17 rare-earth elements, which are critical to producing components and batteries in everything from smartphones to wind turbines and electric vehicles.

Inspections over the next month will focus on environmental protection and business compliance with other rules, including taxes and licensing, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced in a joint Nov. ...

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