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Explosion fuels protests of China chemical plants

Associated Press
Explosion fuels protests of China chemical plants

In this Tuesday, July 30, 2013 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a technician takes pictures of a burnt plant at Zhangzhou city in southeastern Fujian province, China. An explosion at the plant that produces the toxic chemical paraxylene has added to the growing opposition to such plants in China, on the same day a state-run newspaper prominently urged the public to accept the industry as safe. Tuesday's blast at the plant caused no chemical leaks, officials said, but environmental activists seized on the accident as a warning of potential problems at factories that produce paraxylene, or PX, which is used in printing and to make polyesters. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Wei Peiquan) NO SALES

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