China invites public debate on PX chemical plant

The coastal Chinese city of Xiamen has sought public comment on the future of a planned chemical plant to make paraxylene, Reuters reported on Thursday.

An environmental assessment of plans to build the plant to make paraxylene, also known as PX, a petrochemical used in polyester and fabrics, was complete and the public has 10 days to submit opinions, the city government said on its website.

The local government and the Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, which conducted the assessment, would "go through all channels to broadly listen to citizens opinions and suggestions about the environmental assessment report", Reuters reported the Xiamen Evening News as saying.

Notices on the Xiamen website also advised citizens to go online or to a local library to learn more about the assessment.

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