Government apologises for stinking garbage plant

Beijing made a public apology for a malodorous garbage-processing plant that had prompted angry residents to stage a street protest, Reuters reported.

Several hundred people protested in Beijing’s eastern Chaoyang district last week, complaining that noxious fumes from Gao’antun Garbage Landfill Plant were affecting their health.

The local government promised residents the smell would disappear within 20 days, and that 91 million yuan (US$13 million) would be
spent to clean up the plant.

"The smell from the Gao’antun Garbage Landfill Plant has affected the normal lives of surrounding residents. I apologize on behalf of the Chaoyang District government," the paper quoted spokesman Yin Xiufeng as saying.

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