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Aluminum workshops ordered to close

A metal melting factory in Pudong’s Chuansha area has been ordered to close its workshops before the end of the year for discharging odorous gas for years.

The factory’s three aluminum melting workshops have been using indigenous methods to melt the metal, and discharging exhaust gas for more than a decade.

The Pudong New Area environmental watchdog have received several complaints from residents over the factory’s exhaust emission since late October. The investigation found that the environmental protective facilities like dust collectors equipped to the workshops’ discharging outlets were out of date and ineffective.

The authorities ordered the factory to change their out-of-date protective facilities before the end of the month. The company was also required to have its three aluminum melting workshops closed or moved before the end of the year, and the mill can only be used for storing the metal from next year.

Shen Junhui, head of Duimian Village where the factory is located, claimed the village committee has spoken to the factory owner several times and the local environmental protection department was also involved before.

Shen said the committee will terminate the land leasing contract with the factory immediately if they can’t rectify the problem or fail to shut down the aluminum melting workshops by the end of the year.

A sanitary staff surnamed Cao who works in a nearby cemetery told Shanghai Morning Post that black smoke was seen coming out of the factory at 5pm every day, giving off a pungent smell in the surrounding area and even to residential areas several kilometers away.

Cao said trees inside the cemetery, especially the newly planted ones, have died from what is suspected to be the factory’s waste emission.

The factory has also dumped industrial wastes with a pungent odor in the surrounding areas for more than a decade, according to nearby villagers.


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