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44 children suffer lead poisoning

AT least 44 children in south China have been poisoned by lead from nearby chemical factories in Qingyuan City, Guangdong Province.

Parents took their children for testing and one 10-month-old baby had 550 micrograms of lead in one liter of blood – five times the maximum safe limit of 100 micrograms, reported Nanfang Daily today.

Residents said the real number of poisonings could be higher if more than 600 mostly migrant families in the area were tested.

Resident Ye Mulan said in spring when the air is wet, the smell is so bad that her family hardly dares to breathe. She said it's worse every morning, because factories "only produce at nights to escape the environmental watchdogs."

Two hundred and 21 residents have signed a letter to local government with copies of their children's lead test results to push them to change the conditions yet no official has ever responded, the report said.

The battery factory accused of poisoning the children said it released lead according to national standards, and showed a certificate issued by the environmental monitoring station.

Qingyuan's environmental authority told the newspaper that the lead poisoning "could have been related to the battery workshop" because it is the only factory in the area that uses lead as a raw material. It added the factory is fully licensed and discharged waste according to the standards.


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