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Public-Interest Lawsuit Nets $1.1 Million From Ocean Polluters

Garbage is strewn across a beach in Shishi, Fujian province, in June 2014. Photo: VCG
Garbage is strewn across a beach in Shishi, Fujian province, in June 2014. Photo: VCG

Five people have been ordered to pay more than 7 million yuan ($1.1 million) for dumping waste into an estuary in southern China, in what is believed to be the country’s first-ever public-interest lawsuit to punish ocean polluters.

The case involved workers paid by a paper mill in the industrial city of Dongguan, Guangdong province, in 2016 to dispose of refuse, which was then dumped into in a shipping lane just off the coast.

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