15 Aug '11, 4am

Chinese authorities order shutdown of petrochemical plant after more than 12,000 protest over pollution concerns

Chinese authorities order shutdown of petrochemical plant after more than 12,000 protest over pollution concerns

Authorities in a north-eastern Chinese port city ordered a petrochemical plant be shut down after more than 12,000 people demonstrated over pollution concerns, state media said. -- PHOTO: AFP DALIAN, China (AP) - Authorities in a north-eastern Chinese port city ordered a petrochemical plant be shut down after more than 12,000 people demonstrated over pollution concerns, state media said. Officials also pledged Sunday to relocate the Fujia chemical plant from Dalian city, the Xinhua News Agency said. The move came after scuffles broke out earlier in the day between riot police and more than 12,000 protesters demanding that the plant, which produces the chemical paraxylene, or PX, be moved after a tropical storm raised fears of a toxic spill, Xinhua said. No injuries were reported in the confrontations. Calls to relocate the plant grew after waves from Tropical Storm Muifa b...

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