China province may close down industrial polluters- By Ben Blanchard and Lucy Hornby

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Mon Mar 6, 3:42 AM ET

BEIJING (Reuters) – The Chinese province of Hunan, home to China’s largest zinc smelter, is considering closing heavy industrial plants that pollute, a senior government official said on Monday.

Hunan, where former leader Mao Zedong was born, has rich deposits of lead and zinc. Smelters line the same that provide for millions in the province.

The southern province has invested in environmental monitoring and began last winter to close small plants processing indium from ores in Zhuzhou and Xiangtan. Nevertheless, years of unrestricted dumping of poisonous have taken their toll.

“We’re trying a scientific approach to development to give all the people a good living , clean water and good air,” Hunan’s secretary Zhang Chunxian, told reporters on the sidelines of the annual meeting of parliament.

The provincial authorities are looking at polluting industries and working out what action to take, he added.

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