Protest in China leads to cancellation of copper smelter

Mongabay: A massive protest triggered cancellation of a controversial copper smelter local communities feared would lead to air pollution, reports The New York Times. Outcry also led to the release of jailed protesters who had demonstrated against the project. The smelter, which would have cost $1.6 billion, had been pushed by the local government as part of a plan to boost the economy in an area devastated by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. But the government announced Wednesday the project would not proceed......

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