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  1. News - China - PROTEST

    People in Maoming and Shenzhen stage fresh protests over planned PX plant

    Posted Apr 05th 2014, 03:35am by Li Jing

    ... that several protesters were killed in Sunday's protest. Maoming residents have been demonstrating against the proposed construction of a 3.5 billion yuan (HK$4.4 billion) paraxylene (PX) plant at the city's existing petrochemical complex run by the local government and the state-owned oil giant Sinopec. They fear it will pose a threat to public health and the environment. Paraxylene ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1465140/people-maoming-and-shenzhen-stage-fresh-protest-over-planned-px-plant
  2. News - China - PEARL BRIEFING

    Science students embroiled in plant safety debate

    Posted Apr 12th 2014, 03:40am by Ivan Zhai

    ... paraxylene (PX) manufacturing followed a disheartening pattern: a local government suddenly unveils the planned project to the public, who in turn demand additional information- ... With the current outcry over a proposed PX facility in Maoming in southern Guangdong province, one aspect of the affair bears closer examination. It reflects how propaganda authorities work to give ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1477045/science-students-embroiled-plant-safety-debate
  3. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Zhangzhou chemical plant blast highlights safety fears

    Posted Jul 30th 2013, 04:55pm by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com Explosion during testing comes on same day party paper played down dangers of industry PX plant blast highlights safety fears A paraxylene (PX) plant exploded ... no reported casualties or toxic leaks, it is likely to renew safety and environmental concerns over the country's PX plants. Such facilities have been a growing target of protests, despite ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1293070/paraxylene-plant-expodes-zhangzhou
  4. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Fears over expanded paraxylene projects as Beijing decentralises approval process

    Posted Dec 12th 2013, 09:06am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com The government will give local authorities the power to approve the expansion of plants producing the hazardous chemical paraxylene Ministry set to cut PX plant red tape Expanding plants making the dangerous chemical paraxylene (PX) will no longer need ministerial approval- a move to cut red tape that could upset environmentalists and other opponents ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1378798/fears-over-expanded-paraxylene-projects-beijing-decentralises-approval
  5. News - China Insider - ENVIRONMENT

    Violence, arrests in Guangdong city of Maoming as locals rally against petrochemical plant

    Posted Mar 31st 2014, 02:18pm by Patrick Boehler

    ... billion yuan (HK$4.4 billion) paraxylene (PX) plant to the city's existing petrochemical operations jointly run by the local government and state-owned oil giant Sinopec. A local spokesman ... a municipal government mouthpiece,  carried a lengthy article on its front-page praising the PX project, describing paraxylene as "an important element for a happy life". A series of street ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china-insider/article/1461609/violence-arrests-guangdong-city-maoming-locals-rally-against
  6. News - China - INDUSTRIAL SAFETY

    People's Daily says chemical paraxylene is no more harmful than coffee

    Posted Jun 25th 2013, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... Li Jing jing.li@scmp.com People's Daily says the public has exaggerated the dangers of projects using paraxylene, but its article fuels concern over petrochemicals Controversial chemical 'no more harmful than coffee' The People's Daily ran a lengthy article yesterday saying paraxylene (PX) is no more harmful to people than coffee, in an apparent bid ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1268232/peoples-daily-says-chemical-paraxylene-no-more-harmful-coffee
  7. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Fifty detained in China pollution protests

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 07:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Shanghai

    ... was the proposed site of the plant. Zhenhai district said on Sunday it would “ban” production of paraxylene (PX), a petrochemical used for plastic bottles, which had been the focus of residents’ health ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1073342/more-50-detained-china-pollution-protests
  8. News - China - ENVIRONMENT

    Ningbo residents doubt pledge to halt chemical plant expansion

    Posted Oct 30th 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... to increase production of paraxylene, or PX- a chemical that can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidneys- had been completely scrapped. Police also arrested a protester on Sunday night for carrying a knife and pepper powder, it said. The plant already produces 500,000 tonnes of PX a year. Some locals described the government's decision as a "delaying tactic" aimed ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1072760/ningbo-residents-doubt-pledge-halt-chemical-plant-expansion
  9. News - China - ENVIRONMENT: ANALYSIS

    Protests over industrial projects a challenge for China

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 12:00am by Li Jing

    ... to halt a 55.8-billion-yuan (HK$69.3 billion) expansion plan, Ningbo deputy mayor Chen Zhongchao spoke on Monday about the abandoned plan to increase production of toxic paraxylene, known as PX, which was the focus of public protests. Widely used in paint and plastics, PX can damage the central nervous system, liver and kidneys if inhaled in large quantities. Chronic exposure may ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1073485/protests-over-industrial-projects-challenge-mainland-officials
  10. Business - Commodities - PETROCHEMICALS

    Far Eastern looks west for growth

    Posted Apr 18th 2013, 12:00am by Keith Wallis

    ... of the cheapest sources of energy. It changes a lot". He said the US plants, if they go ahead, would produce paraxylene (PX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA). PX is the main feedstock for PTA, ... 26 million tonnes last year. The price of chemical raw materials such as PX and PTA fell 3.1 per cent in the first quarter of this year from last year, according to the mainland's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/business/commodities/article/1216903/far-eastern-looks-west-growth

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