(0403 CR M10)PUNISHMENTS FOR LEAD POISONING

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(0403 CR M10)PUNISHMENTS FOR LEAD POISONING DATELINE: April 3, 2011 LENGTH: 00:01:23 PKG INTRO Eight officials have been suspended or removed from their posts after lead pollution poisoned more than 170 villagers. China Report has more. PKG The eight officials, including the deputy chief of the local environmental protection office, had been penalized for dereliction of duty, while the manager of the plant remained in custody of local police. Police are also investigating the potential corruption in the management of the battery factory. A toxic spill was revealed in early March as residents of three villages in eastern Zhejiang Province were found to have high levels of lead in their blood. The villages are located close to a battery plant, which caused widespread contamination of lead in the area's water and soil. According to the local government, four more residents are found to be poisoned, pushing the number of the poisoned to 172 out of the more than 650 villager Powered by www.newslook.com Producer : Xinhua News Agency

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