China Plant Shut Down After Protest

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DALIAN, China, Aug. 14 (UPI) — A chemical plant in Dalian, China, was ordered shut down by authorities Sunday after thousands of people protested the risk of toxic leaks at the facility.

Authorities ordered the closure and relocation of the Fujia chemical plant 6 hours after the protest began, the state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

The protest by about 12,000 people came after large waves breached a dike built to protect the plant from floodwaters. Residents are concerned a flood could damage the plant and release toxic chemicals into the environment.

The plant went into operation in 2009 and contributes about $311 million to the local government in taxes.

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