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359 plants in dangerous chemical crackdown

THE city has shut down, relocated or revamped 359 factories working with dangerous chemicals, work safety authorities said yesterday.

This is part of the latest efforts to address public safety and strengthen controls on companies in Shanghai.

A task force, organized by the state government, is in town conducting work safety checks after a series of fatal accidents in Shanghai this year.

Vice Mayor Zhou Bo told the task force yesterday that "the situation is still serious despite declines in accidents and deaths."

High population density, concentrated industry zones and construction sites create safety threats, said Zhou.

There are 6,600 dangerous goods firms in the city, with numbers growing at up to 15 percent annually, said the Shanghai Work Safety Administration.

With the adjustment of the chemical industry, the city has cut the production and storage of chemicals by 1.79 million tons, said the administration.

A total of 512 people died in some 5,000 accidents in the first half of this year in the city, said officials yesterday.


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