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China: Jinko Solar panel factory shut down after protests by local residents over pollution fears

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19 September 2011

China firm apologizes for toxic waste after protest

Author: Royston Chan, Reuters

A solar panel company in eastern China at the center of violent protests over toxic waste apologized on Monday for the trouble it had caused and promised to clean up the mess. The protests began on Thursday, when as many as 500 people stormed a compound owned by...Jinko Solar Holding Co in Haining...The China News Service said 20 people had been detained for public disorder offences, robbery and damaging property. "Zhejiang Jinko has always paid a great deal of attention to environmental issues and complies with and follows the state's relevant demands," company spokesman Jing Zhaohui told a news conference. "In the course of doing so, this incident still happened, and we cannot shirk responsibility for the legal consequences which have come from management slips," he added...Jing also apologized for the "improper" treatment of some local reporters who had equipment smashed when they went to cover the protest, saying the people responsible had been fired and handed over to the law.

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19 September 2011

China solar panel factory shut after protests

Author: BBC News

A solar panel factory in eastern China has been shut down after protests by local residents over pollution fears. Some 500 villagers staged a three-day protest following the death of large numbers of fish in a local river...Tests on water samples showed high levels of fluoride, which can be toxic in high doses, officials said...[Villagers] accuse Jinko Solar, a Chinese company making solar panels for sale overseas, of dumping hazardous chemicals into the water supply, our correspondent says. "We feel that it is socially responsible to close the factory first and to take corrective measures," company spokesman Thomas Jing told the BBC...The firm in Haining city is a subsidiary of a New York Exchange-listed Chinese solar company, JinkoSolar Holding...Chen Hongming, a deputy head of Haining's environmental protection bureau, was quoted by Chinese media as saying that the factory's waste disposal had failed pollution tests since April.

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Author: Bill Savadove, AFP

Avec la fermeture lundi d'une usine polluante, des manifestants chinois ont obtenu...que leur santé et la préservation de l'environnement passent avant l'industrialisation...La fermeture provisoire [était] de l'usine de panneaux solaires de Jinko Solar de Haining (est)...Des heurts avaient opposé jeudi, vendredi et samedi soir les forces de l'ordre à quelque 500 habitants du village de Hongxiao qui s'étaient rassemblés pour exiger des explications sur la mort de nombreux poissons dans une proche rivière. Les manifestants affirment également que la contamination industrielle a provoqué au moins 31 cas de cancer chez les riverains...La mairie de Haining a indiqué dans un communiqué avoir "ordonné à l'entreprise de suspendre sa production et de revoir les procédés de production impliquant des émissions de gaz et d'eau usées"...Le directeur financier de Jinko Solar, Zhang Longgen, a expliqué que du fluorure avait été stocké à l'extérieur de l'usine et avait pollué une rivière proche après de fortes pluies fin août.

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