In this case, the plaintiffs are a collective of villagers from Xiping, Houlong and Xiadi villages complaining that the Rongping chemical factory was responsible for, environmental degradation, crop damages and for an increased in the number of cancer in the region.
In 2002 the case was brought in front of the Nindge Intermediate People’s Court. The plaintiffs required that the court order the Fujian Rongpings Chemicals to close its factory, clean the side and nearby ecosystems and compensate the damages made to their crops and their health. The court ruled that the causality link between the pollution and the damages was established and followed the demands of the plaintiffs ordered the closure of the factory and the compensation of the villager. An appeal was brought in front of the Higher Court who upheld the judgement of the Nindge Intermediate People’s Court.
(Contribution: Case provided by Professor Tianbao QIN, Tang HE, and Han GAO, Research Institute of Environmental Law, Wuhan University, China)