Battery Company Shengxiang Power Source Linked to Lead Poisoning in 51 Children

DAFENG, China, Jan. 5 (UPI) — Lead poisoning in 51 children has been linked to a battery company located 55 yards from a village in China’s Jiangsu province, officials said.

The Shengxiang Power Source was ordered closed and moved after environmental inspectors found excessive levels of lead in dust emissions, Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency, reported Tuesday.

The company opened in March 2007 on the edge of Hekou Village and had passed environmental inspections before failing an inspection late last year, Sun Jie, a village spokesman, said.

Test results showed excessive lead levels in 51 children with another 140 children yet to be tested, Xinhua reported. Lead levels in some of the 51 children were high enough to affect their memory and physical development, doctors said.

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