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Dongguan To Order Polluting Plants To Close

29th May 2008 – SCMP – Denise Tsang

Dongguan to order polluting plants to close, stop investments

Dongguan will order 176 polluting factories to shut and 600 to migrate by the end of the year.

The manufacturing hub also will stop approving new investments in highly polluting industries such as coal-fired power plants, cement factories and paper mills, while banning smaller projects in electro-plating and dyeing, according to the Guangzhou Daily.

The paper said the city was too crowded and had neither the electricity nor resources to support new investments that also threatened the environment.

It added that Dongguan had 15 million migrant workers, far outnumbering the 1.68 million local residents.

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