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Lead and Zinc Mine Tailing Ponds Surrounding Villages in Hunan Province, China 

Lead and Zinc Mine Tailing Ponds Surrounding Villages in Hunan Province, China 

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07/01/2016 
In May 2017, Greenpeace East Asia was informed about a case of severe soil pollution across five neighboring villages in Hunan Province, China. Hunan is China’s largest rice producer, but the province’s fertile rice paddies are interspersed with heavy metal mines, a combination that has led to dangerously high levels of soil pollution.
Yet available information about the extent of soil pollution in Hunan is limited.
Two decades of lead and zinc mining in these five villages has taken a major toll. The population of the villages, most of who are ethnically Miao, has experienced severe health impacts as a result of heavy metal exposure.
Eighty to 90 percent of the population in these five villages has kidney stones, and, each year, an average of 40 additional patients suffer from uremia, a complication of chronic kidney disease. In 2014, blood lead levels of all but one child tested in the villages exceeded the national standard.
In response, residents petitioned the local government and were seen blocking trucks heading to and from the mine to ask for compensation.
Greenpeace East Asia tested soil samples from the area. For the majority of samples, cadmium, arsenic, lead and zinc exceeded the national standard. Rice samples also tested above the national standard for chromium and lead, and, in several cases, arsenic. A more detailed breakdown of the results is available.
These photographs show not only aerial views of the affected areas but also the severe health impacts on the local population. The images shed light on what has become a near-invisible crisis. 
Lead-zinc Mine Reserve in Hunan Province, China
08 August, 2016 
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Polluted River in China
08 August, 2016 
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Lead-zinc Mining Tailing Pond in Hunan Province, China
08 August, 2016 
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Herd of Sheep near Polluted Area in China
18 July, 2017 
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Tailing Ponds of Taifeng Mining Company in Hunan Province, China
07 August, 2016 
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Polluted River in Farmland in Hunan Province, China
08 August, 2016 
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Tailing Ponds of Taifeng Mining Company in Hunan Province, China
07 August, 2016 
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Spoil Heaps Storage Field in Hunan Province, China
13 July, 2016 
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Lead-zinc Mining Tailing Pond in Hunan Province, China
08 August, 2016 
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Spoil Heaps Storage Field and Farmland in Hunan Province, China
07 August, 2016 
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Corn Covered by Heavy Metal Dust in China
19 July, 2017 
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Mining Wastewater in Corn Field in China
24 June, 2017 
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Mining Wastewater in Rice Field in China
24 June, 2017 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Tailing Pond in Hunan Province, China
05 August, 2016 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
21 June, 2017 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Toxic Waste in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
22 June, 2017 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ores in Hunan Province, China
21 June, 2017 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
21 June, 2017 
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Taifeng Mining Company’s Ore Washing Plant in Hunan Province, China
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