Protests in China over solar plant’s harmful waste

Angry protesters stormed the factory compound, overturned eight company vehicles, and destroyed the offices.

Beijing: Hundreds of villagers in China`s
eastern Zhejiang Province are protesting against the harmful
wastes from a solar panel manufacturer, prompting authorities
to deploy police outside the factory.

Over 500 people from Hongxiao Village gathered outside
Zhejiang Jinko Solar factory in Haining city on Thursday
night, demanding explanation on the death of a large swath of
fish in a nearby river last month, local officials said.

Angry protesters stormed the factory compound, overturned
eight company vehicles, and destroyed the offices before
police came to disperse the crowd.

The protest continued on the two following nights with
reports of scuffle, the officials said.

Chen Hongming, a deputy head of Haining`s environmental
protection bureau, said the factory`s waste disposal had
failed the pollution tests since April, official Xinhua news
agency reported.

The environmental watchdog had warned the factory but it
had not effectively controlled the pollution, Chen added.

The company is a subsidiary of Hong Kong-invested
JinkoSolar Holding, listed on the New York Stock Exchange
since 2010.

The company produces mono- and multi-crystalline
photovoltaics panels,cells, and wafers, and sells the solar
products to the world. It employs more than 10,000 people in
two factories in east China, according to the company website.

There was no immediate comment from the company on the

Protests over pollution concerns have spawned across
China over the past few years.

In August, a petrochemical plant in northern city of
Dalian was shut down after a dozen thousand residents took to
streets to demand its relocation over concerns of potential
toxic chemical leaks.

A similar massive protest in 2007 forced the authorities
in southeastern city of Xiamen to scrap a plan to build the
similar petrochemical plant.


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