A Chinese farmer has won the first round of a legal battle against a powerful state-owned chemicals corporation, after spending 16 years teaching himself about the law.
Wang Englin, who is in his 60s, has had just three years of education and lives in a modest home which costs £5.80 a month, according to the People’s Daily Online.
By contrast, the Qinghua Group employs 5000 people in mines and kilns across China, processing and trading minerals, and turns turns over around ¥2 billion (£235 million) a year.
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It is claimed that Qinghua first dumped hazardous wastewater near Mr Wang’s land in 2001, preventing him from growing his crops. Mr Wang claimed he was playing cards and cooking with neighbours on the eve of the Lunar New Year when water began leaking into his house.
Since 2001, Qinghua has reportedly released 15,000 to 20,000 tonnes of annual chemical waste from a polyvinyl chloride plant near Mr Wang’s home village near the city of Qiqihar in north-east China.