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China Chemical Safety Project (2012 – 2014)

"Strengthening the Capacity of Pollution Victims and Civil Society Organizations to Increase Chemical Safety in China” is an EU-funded action of IPEN with Czech and Chinese NGO partners, Arnika and Green Beagle. The Project is known informally as the China Chemical Safety Project. The Project aims to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations and communities impacted by pollution to increase chemical safety in China.

Objectives of the China Chemical Safety Project include:

  • Improving capacities of impacted communities and civil society organizations for involvement in policy making
  • Training on public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
  • Generating new publicly available data about pollution and impacted communities that contribute to increased implementation of local and national chemical safety policies
  • Raising awareness on emissions-related pollution

The work of the China Chemical Safety Project can be illustrated through case studies (see below), trainings, resources, and press releases.

China Chemical Project Case Studies

The Project features case studies in three categories: metals, wastes, and chemicals. The sites are geographically and functionally diverse. More case study summaries will be added as reports are completed.

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Metals Pollution in Liuyang (Hunan Province)

A small village becomes linked to the global demand for flat panel TVs when a company violates its permit and pollutes the community along with the source of drinking water for 1.3 million people.

Zhentou residents

Likeng incinerator in Guangzhou (Guangdong Province)

When a “model” waste to energy incinerator delivers pollution and health impacts, it becomes transformed into a giant warning sign in a key province.

“Oppose garbage incineration – Protect green Guangzhou”; photo from China Digital Times[

Pollution from glyphosate production in Pengshan (Sichuan Province)

When contamination forced villagers to travel 10 km to get drinking water they begin to closely examine a factory making the world’s best selling pesticide – and what they discover surprised them.

Pengshan case study

Chemical Factory Pollution in Shouguang (Shandong Province)

Seeing this outside his window day after day changed Wang Chunsheng from a victim into a prize-winning environmental journalist.

View of Lianmeng Chemical across the street from a residential apartment window (Photo by Wang Chunsheng)

Metals Pollution in Dexing (Jiangxi Province)

Asia’s largest open pit copper mine has polluted for a long time – but new information empowers a cancer village.

Dexing is Asia’s largest open pit copper mine – note the full sized digger machines and dump truck

Industrial waste dumping on farmland in Miyun (Beijing Province)

A Korean company supplying Hyundai, GM, KIA, and Renault Samsung found a “convenient” way to handle its toxic waste: Pay a local villager to dump toxic brake pad manufacturing waste on nearby farmland – until they met Liu Yuying.



Metals pollution from a steel plant complex in Beihai (Guangxi Province)

A community knows it is in trouble when toxic dust coats their homes and company and local officials declare that the second water sample from the left is “clean” and meets all environmental standards.

Water samples collected near the Chengde plant (Photo by Zhang Haiyan)

Industrial dumping at the Tuoketuo Pharmaceutical Industrial Park (Inner-Mongolia Province)

What happens when the second most profitable pharmaceutical company in China operates in out-of-the-way Inner Mongolia?


Pollution from a phosphate fertilizer plant in Zhongxiang (Hubei Province)

A community boils over when arsenic pollution turns into a wrongful charge of “extortion”.


PCBs pollution in Ziyang (Sichuan Province)

When Guo Ruzhong discovered that he was not the only worker with cancer, he unraveled a hidden history of PCBs use and disposal.

Guo Ruzhong

Qihua PVC plant in Qiqihar (Heilongjiang Province)

Residents in a small village challenge a subsidiary of China’s largest chemical company when a State-owned PVC factory falsifies public participation, dumps waste, pollutes water, and damages crops.

Qihua case study



Press Releases

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This web page has been produced as a part of a project financially supported by the European Union. The contents of this web page are the sole responsibility of IPEN and Green Beagle and can in no way be taken to necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

The Project is being implemented in China over two years with total EU funding of €344,580 (2,790,000 CNY) and EU contribution of 77.84% of the total cost.