It is the first time the world has used steam to power a coal mine.
The world’s first steam power plant has been powered by the radioactive material used to make gold.
The $1.2 billion facility, which was built in Japan, uses the radioactive element to produce electricity from steam, which it then uses to heat and cool the mine.
Gold mining is a key driver of China’s economic boom, with the country generating more than 90 percent of its coal imports.
The gold mine in the northern state of Yunnan is one of a handful of sites in the world that uses steam to make power.
The coal plant’s owners, China National Coal Corp., are trying to make steam more widely available, but they face opposition from miners who say they fear the radioactive waste is dangerous and could contaminate groundwater and soil.
In the meantime, some Chinese citizens are trying their best to make a profit from gold mines.
In 2014, two American tourists were fined $4,000 each for having sold gold in China.
A Chinese government official recently told CNNMoney that the gold sold in China has an estimated value of $1 billion.
The mine owners say they will continue using steam as a way to generate electricity.
The mine owner, however, said it will be cheaper to heat water than to heat coal, which would require more resources.