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China says no waste plant without support after protests

Published on May 11, 2014 9:58 AM
Riot policemen (right) defend themselves with shields during a protest against the construction of a waste incinerator, in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on May 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A province in eastern China will shelve plans to build a huge waste incinerator if it does not have popular support in an apparent victory for protesters who had clashed with police saying they fear the plant will damage their health.

Choking smog blankets many Chinese cities and the environmental degradation resulting from the country's breakneck economic growth is angering its increasingly well-educated and affluent population.

Similar protests have also succeeded in getting such projects shut down.

The eastern city of Ningbo suspended a petrochemical project after days of demonstrations in November 2012, and protests forced the suspension of a paraxylene plant in the northeastern city of Dalian the year before.

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