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Chinese media defend waste incinerator plan despite protests

Published on May 9, 2014 3:40 PM
 
A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the construction of a waste incinerator in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province on May 7, 2014. Chinese experts have defended the construction of a huge waste incinerator in the scenic eastern city of Hangzhou, state media said on Friday, despite weeks of protests by residents who fear the project will add to pollution. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Chinese experts have defended the construction of a huge waste incinerator in the scenic eastern city of Hangzhou, state media said on Friday, despite weeks of protests by residents who fear the project will add to pollution.

Choking smog blankets many Chinese cities, and environmental degradation, the cost of the country's breakneck economic growth, has earned the ire of an increasingly educated and affluent urban class.

For more than two weeks, thousands of people have protested against the construction in the Yuhang district of Hangzhou, a protester, Wu Yunfeng, told Reuters by telephone, adding that authorities had started work without the consent of residents.

The plant will be the largest of its kind in Asia, the U.S.-based Radio Free Asia service said this week, quoting a resident as saying the incinerator would handle 3,000 metric tonnes of garbage daily in its initial phase, rising to 8,000 tonnes later.

 
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