Shanghai battery factory canceled over protest [China]

Author: Wang Zhenghua, China Daily, Published on: 16 May 2013

A Shanghai battery maker has given in to public pressure and canceled its plans for a new lithium battery factory in the city's Songjiang district. Shanghai Guoxuan New Energy [part of Hefei Guoxuan High-tech Power Energy] said…it had withdrawn its investment for the Songjiang program and would return the planned factory site to the local government, without claiming any compensation. The company gave in after hundreds of residents of Songjiang, in Shanghai's southwestern outskirts, held three protests against the planned factory out of concern about potential wastewater and gas emissions from the plant…Officials at Songjiang's publicity office said…that the district government would complete any necessary cleanup work after the project has been totally shut down.

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