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China suspends construction of Zhenhai petchems project following protests

5:02 AM MDT | October 29, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

China’s local authorities have suspended construction on a multi-billion dollar petrochemical expansion project near the eastern city of Ningbo, following massive demonstrations over the weekend expressing environmental concerns. Thousands of protesters against the project have won a pledge from the local government that the project to build a 1.6-million m.t./year para-xylene plant would be halted. The protests began a few days earlier in the coastal district of Zhenhai, the site of the petrochemical plant. On Saturday they spread to the center...

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