Chemical plant closed in lead poi­son­ing probe

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

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.

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