China has responded to civic concerns about air pollution and decided to scrap a 2000 MW coal power plant on the coast of the South China Sea, 50 KM from the major city of Shenzhen.

43 members of the city’s People’s Congress petitioned the administration to cancel the project and not to allow the construction of any new coal-fired power plant anywhere within the city’s borders. The administration reacted only a few weeks later, asking Shenzhen Energy Group to stop the power plant construction.

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This is the first project to be cancelled in China mainly on the basis of concerns about air pollution.

Greenpeace estimated that the new power plant would cause 1,700 premature deaths over its operating life, despite being fitted with state-of-the-art SO2, NOx and particulate filters.

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