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Plant move revoked: report

By Huang Jingjing (Global Times)

08:38, December 30, 2011

The Dalian city government has dismissed a report saying the city has revoked a decision made months ago to relocate a chemical plant over toxic leak fears.

"It is a rumor. We never halted the plan. All the preparation work for the relocation in terms of assessment and negotiation is advancing smoothly," a staff member surnamed Li from the Dalian City Committee of the Communist Party of China's (CPC) publicity department said yesterday."We are investigating where the rumor comes from," Li added. When asked about the timetable for the relocation, Li said no information was yet available.

City authorities pledged to shut down and relocate Fujia Chemical Plant following a massive protest in August after large waves whipped up by a tropical storm breached a dike near the plant on August 8.

Quoting insiders, the Beijing-based Economic Observer reported on its website yesterday morning that the Dalian government had sent around an internal memo stating that the plant has resumed production.

The report was soon picked up by many websites, but most deleted the article later."It's not a rumor. I've just returned from a spot investigation to the city. An official close to the matter revealed the information to me. I also found that the plant had actually resumed production earlier," Jia Huajie, the Economic Observer reporter who wrote the story, told the Global Times yesterday.

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