Thousands of local residents protested in the city of Shunde in southern China’s Guangdong Province on Tuesday, demanding authorities drop plans to build a hazardous industrial waste processing facility.
The proposed Green Industry Service Center facility is projected to handle 400 tons of waste a day, and be located in a part of the city that houses 15,000 residents, organizers said.
Among the concerns voiced by residents is that the low-lying facility poses a danger to local drinking water and fish farms, the nearest of which only about 1.5 km away.
Local residents also worry about processing industrial waste is only about 500 meters away from the closest resident.
An earlier protest by hundreds of residents angered by the government’s short public notification period was suppressed by police, the residents said.