October 17, 2009
Yang Anguo, board chairman of Yuguang Gold and Lead admitted to Chinese a news agency, “We do bear responsibility for the pollution. Some pollution has accumulated over the past 20 years or more and the plant is too near homes."
Since the reports of lead poisoning have surfaced, several plants and production facilities have been halted. China’s environmental minister acknowledged that the spread of awareness regarding industrial contaminants has lead to a 30% increase in “mass incidents” of rioting and protests.
Lead prices rose to their highest this year in response to the closing of several large smelters, as well as an additional 32 smaller refineries owned by the Dongling group.