Malaysia to remove bauxite ban only once all parties follow SOP

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KUALA LUMPUR (March 13): The restriction on bauxite mining activity will only be withdrawn once all parties adhere to standard operating procedure, Malaysia’s Ministry of Water, Land and Natural Resources says in statement.

* Malaysia may not necessarily allow bauxite mining activity to resume once current moratorium ends on March 31

* Govt will hold public hearing on the matter on April 14

* Govt won’t issue new export licenses unless miners fulfill all the stated requirements

* Miners can’t do any mining and exporting before completing environmental impact assessment, which would take at least 6 months