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Dozens of people living near a battery plant in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province in East China have dangerously elevated blood lead levels, according to medical tests carried out since March.

May 12, 2011,DEQING, Zhejiang -- Dozens of people living near a battery plant in Deqing County, Zhejiang Province in East China have dangerously elevated blood lead levels, according to medical tests carried out since March.

The company Zhejiang Haijiu Battery Co., Ltd., had no records of violating national regulations for environmental protection, passed the normally very difficult ISO14000 environtal protection certification. In addition, the company also passed environmental protection auditing conducted by local government. But just such a “model of environmental protection" has been recently singled out as the culprit of lead poisoning of the local residents.

By May 11, 31 of the 300 blood samples sent for medical testing were tested to have elevated lead levels, and 11 were samples of children. Another 1000 samples are still under assay, the number of lead poisoned patients may increase. At the moment the Zhejiang Haijiu Battery Co., Ltd. had been ordered to suspend its operations.

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The factory facility of the culprit --- Zhejiang Haijiu Battery Co., Ltd. for lead poisoned children. Haijiu Battery Co., Ltd., founded in May, 2003, mainly produces lead-acid batteries for motorcycles. It has about 1,000 employees with and an annual output of 9 million batteries.

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On May 4, 11-month old Tian Suwan was carried home by his mother. Test on April 27 showed that his blood lead level is 484ug/mL, almost five times of the upper limit of the normal level.

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The children and adults show their test results. Since March of 2011, in Mengxi Village of Xinshi Town, many residents near a battery company including adults and children have been tested to have elevated blood lead levels. According to the tests, the average blood lead level of the children exceeds the normal value of 100ug/L, the highest level is more than 400ug/L.

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On May 4, Tian Suwan's father showed the test result of his 11-month old son. Test on April 27 showed that his blood lead level is 484ug/mL, almost five times of the upper limit of the normal level.

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The battery company's deputy general manager Zhao Guogen stood along with the manufactured products in the factory.

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This road connects Haijiu Battery and the residential areas of Mengxi village, Xinshi Town of Deqing County, where local villagers and migrant workers live.

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A child living near the Haijiu Battery Co., Ltd. showed her blood lead test result:383ug/L.

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