August 05, 2009
The factory had produced industrial chemicals for the past six years. Autopsies of near-by villagers who had died earlier this summer indicated high levels of cadmium. Post-mortem testing found high internal cadmium levels in more than 500 of the almost 3,000 neighboring citizens.
The municipal Environment Protection Bureau was attacked by protestors. Six of the locals were arrested during the events and at least one was severely beaten by police.
The plant is reported to be closed “forever” following the outrage by locals and media coverage.