China Closes Factory After Cadmium Pollution Protest

From Reuters:

China closed a chemical plant after local residents in central Hunan Province protested against cadmium pollution, which killed two people and affected hundreds of others, media reported on Monday.

The closure follows a number of recent high profile “mass incidents” which turned violent and prompted media criticism of officials’ failure to respond quickly.

Two villagers near the Xianghe Chemical Factory, which had produced zinc sulfate for six years, died in May and June. Autopsies found high levels of cadmium in their bodies, the semi-official China News Agency said.

August 3, 2009 4:58 AM
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