Protests Force Battery Maker to Abandon Plans for New Plant

The protests reflect concerns among ordinary Chinese about the environmental costs of economic growth.

Published: 17-May-2013

Protests in Shanghai forced a battery-maker to abandon plans for a factory on the outskirts of the city, in a victory for citizens wary of assurances that such projects won’t pollute the environment.

Shanghai Guoxuan New Energy Co. will give up its investment and return the land for the factory to the government, the company said in a statement on the Songjiang district website yesterday. It was responding to environmental concerns over the production of lithium-iron phosphate batteries, according to a separate statement on the district’s environment bureau website.

The protests reflect concerns among ordinary Chinese about the environmental costs of economic growth, which averaged 10.6 percent in the last decade. Further underscoring tensions, hundreds of residents took to the streets of the city of Kunming today to protest plans for a petrochemical plant, according to the South China Morning Post.

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