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JinkoSolar 'sorry' for pollution as plant is shut after violent protests

Local environmental authorities ordered the PV cell plant to be closed while investigations take place. It has failed a number of environmental waste tests since April when high levels of flouride were found in the river, according to local reports.

Solar equipment manufacturer JinkoSolar has been forced to apologise and suspend operations at a plant in Zhejiang province, China, after three days of violent protests by local people over pollution.

More than 500 villagers surrounded the JinkoSolar factory near Haining, clashed with riot police and overturned a vehicle after claims that emissions from the plant contaminated a local river and killed fish.

China-based and New York Stock Exchange-listed JinkoSolar admits it may be responsible, has apologised, and promised to take "appropriate steps" to deal with the pollution.

"An initial investigation conducted by the local environmental protection authority indicates that the pollution may have been caused by the improper storage of waste containing fluoride", says a statement.

A spokesman told a local news conference that "Jinko has always paid a great deal of attention to environmental issues and complies with and follows the state's relevant demands.

"In the course of doing so, this incident still happened, and we cannot shirk responsibility for the legal consequences which have come from management slips," he added.

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Solar equipment manufacturer JinkoSolar has been forced to apologise and suspend operations at a plant in Zhejiang province, China, after three days of violent protests by local people over pollution.

More than 500 villagers surrounded the JinkoSolar factory near Haining, clashed with riot police and overturned a vehicle after claims that emissions from the plant contaminated a local river and killed fish.

China-based and New York Stock Exchange-listed JinkoSolar admits it may be responsible, has apologised, and promised to take "appropriate steps" to deal with the pollution.

"An initial investigation conducted by the local environmental protection authority indicates that the pollution may have been caused by the improper storage of waste containing fluoride", says a statement.

A spokesman told a local news conference that "Jinko has always paid a great deal of attention to environmental issues and complies with and follows the state's relevant demands.

"In the course of doing so, this incident still happened, and we cannot shirk responsibility for the legal consequences which have come from management slips," he added.

Local environmental authorities ordered the PV cell plant to be closed while investigations take place. It has failed a number of environmental waste tests since April when high levels of flouride were found in the river, according to local reports.

The company expects the plant to reopen within a few days.

JinkoSolar says the temporary halting of production at the Haining plant, which has an annual capacity of 1,100MW, will have "no material impact on the business" at its Shangrao facility, where modules and wafers are made.

"To make up for the temporary wafer-to-cell processing shortfall, the company expects to outsource the cell processing to a third party vendor under a 'tolling' arrangement", it says. "The halt in production is not expected to have material impact on the company's operations and module delivery commitment to its customers."

JinkoSolar's last set of financial results in August highlighted its efforts to control production costs to help offset price declines in the fiercely competitive solar equipment market.


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SEP 19 2011
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