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Nays delay incinerator

A PLANNED garbage incinerator project in south China's Guangzhou City was suspended due to public protest over the process of environment assessment, local authorities said yesterday.

"The incinerator project was called off because of local residents' strong disagreement during the public hearings, an important part of the environment assessment," said Tan Yinghua, secretary of Guangzhou's Panyu District Committee of the Communist Party of China.

Tan made the remarks in a meeting with more than 100 local residents to discuss solutions for garbage disposal.

Last month, hundreds of residents took to the streets to protest against the garbage incinerator planned for a former landfill in Huijiang Village.

They said they were worried about the project's risks to public health.

In early December, the environment authorities of Guangdong Province launched a public discussion over the location and construction of the project.

"All the new projects about garbage disposal have to get agreement from more than 75 percent of local residents," Tan said. "The discussion will continue until mid 2010."


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