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National reserve system called for to protect rare mineral
Posted: March-13-2010Adjust font size:

  A Chinese legislator Friday called for the establishment of a national reserve system as soon as possible to protect a rare mineral tellurium.

  Chu Junhao, a deputy to the National People's Congress (NPC), the country's top legislature, suggested that the government set up a special fund to finance the reserve and ban commercial prospecting activities in tellurium-rich regions.

  The mineral, with an estimated reserve of only 149,000 tonnes worldwide, is a key material to produce a new type of solar battery, according to Chu, also an academician at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Source: XinhuaEditor: oulin
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