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Henan: protests over lead poisoning in children continue
About 80 per cent of schoolchildren show signs of poisoning; about 100 are diagnosed with severe levels. A plant owned by the Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead Company was shut down in August. Government is trying to move residents. Many adults are also showing signs of blood lead poisoning, but doctors tend to underreport. Internet forum where criticism is aired is shut down.
Power plant causes lead poisoning in hundreds of children in Xingzi
Residents take to the streets to have power plant shut down. For years, it pumped lead into children's blood. The authorities close the plant but try to cover up the damages, igniting an even angrier popular response. Analysts and even state newspapers warn that limit has been reached and a new balance between the economy and the environment must be found.
China denying treatment to lead poisoned children
Human Rights Watch makes the accusation after releasing a report that shows that local authorities in Henan, Yunnan, Shaanxi and Hunan tampered with medical tests to hide the problem. Even so, medical care is not enough in villages that are contaminated.
Pollution in China: Hundreds of children poisoned by lead
A factory in the eastern province of Anhui operated illegally for years a few feet away from homes. In 2010 they nine cases of lead pollution were officially recorded. The government is in trouble, as evidenced by the conviction of the activist who exposed the scandal of melamine-tainted milk.
Pollution in Zhejiang: lead in the blood of 600 people
Yet another case produced by a tin foil factory. The lack of specific standards of work safety and pursuit of profit continue to cause serious pollution incidents. Exasperated population often takes to the street to stop the dangerous factories.
Chinese mayor orders polluting plant shut down, which continues to operate instead
In Shaanxi a smelter continues to operate at night, ignoring a mayor’s order and residents’ protests. Built near schools and residential areas, many industrial plants poison the environment and the population, especially children. Popular protests break out drawing countrywide attention.
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