On April 15th, construction began on the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. Planners say that it will be the world’s largest solar-powered waste-to-energy plant, capable of incinerating 5,000 tons of waste per day in a more environmentally friendly way than usual. Locals are not happy about having this technological marvel in their neighborhood.
Some Shenzhen residents have filed a lawsuit against the Shenzhen Human Settlements and Environment Commission (SHSEC), saying that the governmental organization’s environmental evaluation report on the plant leaves out some rather important details.
Residents argue that the report fails to mention any soil and water conservation plans and say that it hasn’t even been approved by local water authorities. SHSEC has responded that none of their complaints are legal requirements the organization must fulfill, China.com reports.
Now that the residents have filed a lawsuit, a court will have to determine if SHSEC is right about that. Meanwhile, the court is also concerned about whether prosecutors will be influenced by the fact that they live so close to the proposed plant.
One of the prosecutors surnamed Li told reporters that the lawsuit isn’t about opposing waste incineration plants, but only the gargantuan scale of the Shenzhen East Waste-to-Energy Plant. “This project is beneficial, but meanwhile it is just too massive. Even if they strictly lived up to European Union’s standard, the amount of discharge would be way too terrifying,” Li argued.
Turns out not everybody wants the “world’s largest” something in the backyard, particularly when that something is a (more environmentally friendly) trash incinerator.
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By Sophie Wang
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