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Chinese man becomes first to sue government over smog

Published on Feb 25, 2014 1:34 PM
Residents cover their face from dust as they ride their bicycles along a street on a hazy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province on Dec 10, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A Chinese man in a smoggy northern city has become the first person in the country to sue the government for failing to curb air pollution, a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Mr Li Guixin, a resident of Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei province, has submitted his complaint to a district court, asking the Shijiazhuang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau to "perform its duty to control air pollution according to the law", the Yanzhao Metropolis Daily said.

He is also seeking compensation from the agency for residents for the choking pollution that has engulfed Shijiazhuang, and much of northern China, this winter.

It is unclear whether the court will accept Li's lawsuit.

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