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CONSTRUCTION of a controversial chemical plant started yesterday in Zhangzhou, Fujian Province, two years after work to build an identical plant was halted in another Fujian city nearly 100 kilometers away.

Authorities in Xiamen, site of the first aborted factory plan, had to call off the project in 2007 after protests over potential pollution and health problems.

Construction of the paraxylene plant sparked no protests or disputes in Gulei peninsula, which has a population of 135,000, an official with the local publicity department said.

The peninsula is more than 100km from Zhangzhou's urban area, which has a population of about 1 million.

The plant passed an environmental impact assessment by the Ministry of Environmental Protection in January. It gained approval from the National Development and Reform Commission two months later.

Officials in Zhangzhou have since then made every effort to convince residents that the plant didn't pose a major environmental hazard.

They also put up bulletin boards in residential areas to brief villagers on basic knowledge of paraxylene.

The plant involves a 13.8 billion yuan (US$2 billion) investment by Tenglong Aromatic Paraxylene (Xiamen) Co Ltd and has a designed annual production capacity of 800,000 tons.

The official said of the total, 830 million yuan will be earmarked for tackling environmental problems.



 

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