Chemical plant closed in lead poisoning probe
A chemical plant in central China’s Hunan province was shut down on suspicion of being linked to the lead poisoning of more than 300 local children.
Meilun Chemical Materials Limited Co is suspected of discharging untreated water and waste, according to the Hengdong county government.
A report by China Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday said that blood tests on more than 300 children in Dapu township of Hengdong county found excessive levels of lead since 2012, indicating heavy metal poisoning. The blood tests showed that the lead densities among local children reached as high as 501 micrograms per liter, far above the national standard of 100 micrograms per liter for children. Reports from CCTV said that the closer to the factory the children live, the higher the lead levels in the tests.