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19 Sep 2011: Chinese Solar Company Vows
Toxic Cleanup After Four-Day Protest

A Chinese solar panel company has apologized for a devastating toxic spill at one of its manufacturing plants in August and vowed to clean up the pollution after four days of protests outside its headquarters.

The Warriors of Qiugang:
A Chinese Village Fights Back

The Warriors of Qiugang: A Chinese Village Fights Back
The Warriors of Qiugang, a Yale E360 video that chronicles the story of a Chinese village’s fight against a polluting chemical plant, was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
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According to reports, solid waste contaminated with high levels of fluoride leaked from a plant owned by JinkoSolar Holding Company in Haining, located about 80 miles southwest of Shanghai, and was swept into a nearby river by heavy rains on Aug. 26. Residents say the pollution caused a massive fish-kill in the river, and that pigs whose sties were washed with river water also died. Following a four-day protest that at times became violent, a JinkoSolar spokesman admitted that the incident occurred and vowed “appropriate” steps to clean up the contamination. “We cannot shirk responsibility for the legal consequences which have come from management slips,” the spokesman, Jing Zhaohui, told a news conference. The public demonstrations in response to the spill are the latest example of growing public outrage over pollution and the Chinese government’s inability to contain it. Last month, thousands of demonstrators forced the closure of a paraxylene plant in northeastern China’s Dalian.

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