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Environmental protection requires education, common sense: experts


15:06, July 16, 2013

BEIJING, July 15 (Xinhua) -- The suspension of a series of industrial projects illustrates the need to educate the public when it comes to protecting the environment, experts have said.

Over the past few years the public has vetoed projects due to their potential threat to the environment. Some have even resorted to protests.

The latest case came on Saturday as the Longwan Industrial Park project, a planned nuclear fuel processing facility, in Heshan City of south China's Guangdong Province was canceled.

Local residents opposed the project after it was made public by the local government earlier this month.

The scheme has met the same fate as paraxylene (PX) producing projects. Since 2007, PX projects planned in Xiamen, Dalian, and Kunming have been shut down after residents took to the streets and held large-scale protests.

However, Pan Jiahua, research fellow and director for the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said some schemes, including the nuclear fuel processing plan,