School built be­fore land was pre­pared

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The school at the cen­ter of an al­leged pol­lu­tion in­ci­dent, which made head­lines af­ter hun­dreds of stu­dents re­port­edly be­came ill, had re­lo­cated to con­tam­i­nated land be­fore re­me­dial treat­ment of its soil had been car­ried out, ac­cord­ing to a gov­ern­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tion team.

Changzhou For­eign Lan­guages School found it­self at the cen­ter of a me­dia storm af­ter re­ports claimed stu­dents had fallen ill at the school, which was sub­se­quently said to have been built on toxic land con­tam­i­nated by three chem­i­cal plants.

Health ex­perts from the team said 909 stu­dents were ex­am­ined at hos­pi­tals. Thy­roid nod­ules were found in 247 of them, and 35 had lym­phatic anomalies. How­ever, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion team said it was hard to tell whether the dis­eases were di­rectly re­lated to pol­lu­tion at the school site.

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