Nearly 1,000 children in central China have tested positive for lead poisoning in the latest environmental scandal to erupt in the nation’s smelting industry, state press said Tuesday.
The news comes close on the heels of a spate of lead poisoning incidents around China, and after residents in Jiyuan city, Henan province, protested over pollution from three local smelters last month, Xinhua news agency said.
“The news (of excess lead levels) is like an earthquake,” the report quoted Li Hongwei, a Jiyuan resident as saying.
“We are all worried about the health of our kids.”
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