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In "beautiful China", local polluters still hold sway

Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind a sign that reads, "Strict environmental protection law enforcement, crack down on illegal behaviors" in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind a sign that reads, "Strict environmental protection law enforcement, crack down on illegal behaviors" in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind a sign that reads, "Strict environmental protection law enforcement, crack down on illegal behaviors" in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Homes of residents are pictured behind a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Homes of residents are pictured behind a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012....more

Homes of residents are pictured behind a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind residents who are turning soil to plant crops next to a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind residents who are turning soil to plant crops next to a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" in the town of...more

Chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter are visible behind residents who are turning soil to plant crops next to a sign that reads, "Don't build residential buildings within the 800-metre protection distance of the park" in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents plant trees, in an attempt to rejuvenate the soil, in front of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A grave is pictured in a field located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A grave is pictured in a field located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A grave is pictured in a field located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A worker rides a tricycle along a road within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A worker rides a tricycle along a road within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A worker rides a tricycle along a road within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A chimney is pictured within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A chimney is pictured within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A chimney is pictured within the grounds of the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A farmer turns soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer turns soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A farmer turns soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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Residents sit in a building located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents sit in a building located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

Residents sit in a building located near the huge state-owned lead smelter in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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A run-down house, located near a huge state-owned lead smelter, is pictured in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A run-down house, located near a huge state-owned lead smelter, is pictured in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray

A run-down house, located near a huge state-owned lead smelter, is pictured in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. REUTERS/David Gray
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