NINGBO, China — Officials in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo halted plans to expand a China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. plant after hundreds of residents gathered in protest this weekend, Bloomberg News reported.
More than 1,000 people protested outside a government building, handing out flyers and brandishing signs that warned of the environmental and public health impacts of the proposed paraxylene plant.
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Paraxylene, which is used in the manufacture of plastics, paints and cleaning solvents, can cause adverse health effects if inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin.
The Ningbo city government issued a statement saying it “firmly opposes” the project and will study it more.