Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard
Reuters
July 5, 2012

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A Chinese city scrapped plans for a copper alloy plant on Tuesday after three days of protests by residents who feared it would poison them, in the latest unrest spurred by environmental concerns in the world’s second-largest economy.

The government of Shifang in the southwest Sichuan province, which initially said it would only suspend the project by Shanghai-listed Sichuan Hongda, caved in to pressure and announced the project would be stopped.

“The molybdenum-copper alloy factory will no longer be built in Shifang city,” it said in a statement on its official Sina Weibo microblogging site.

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