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Winners for Economy Science & Technology News Stories: Renewable cotton pollution in Cangnan City

By Chu Yongzhi (CHIPP.cn)

08:03, March 27, 2012

Cangnan County in southeast China's Zhejiang Province is famous for its renewable cotton industry which brings an annual gross output value of nearly 9 billion yuan. But on the other side, the manufacturing facilities of those renewable cotton processing enterprises are very simple and crude, lacking of dust absorbing and protecting facilities. Many workshop owners only use braided bag and sacks to collect cotton dust. Some of the dust are even spread outside through exhaust fans, which makes cotton dust scattering everywhere including nearby hills, farmlands, lakes, roads. In workshops, flying dusts flow into workers' mouths, noses and ears which causea lot of health problems. As the pollution becomes progressively worse, more and more residents here get lung and trachea disease. The renewable cotton industry being the main source of income, however, it pollutes the environment and affects local people's health.

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Renewable cotton pollution in Cangnan City
A worker looks outside through a window covered with cotton dust in Cangnan County, southeast China's Zhejiang Province, on Oct. 31, 2011.

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