Chinese Protests over Environmental Risks Halt Chemical Plant Project

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A wave of protests broke out in eastern China over environmental risks, forcing authorities to halt studies for a petrochemical industrial park project.

The project was jointly planned with a company from Singapore but the city government released a statement on Wednesday saying: “Based on the opinions reflected by the populace, the plans for the environmental study have already been ceased.”

According to media reports, hundreds of protesters in Longkou held up banners reading, “This is still our home” and “Protect the environment”.

China is the world’s biggest producer and consumer of paraxylene and polyester, which are key products for the country’s textile and plastics industry.

Regular demonstrations have been held in China against such facilities that produce petrochemicals, prompted by fears that they could impact the region’s environment and the health of residents.

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