Shanghai Shuts Down 2 Plants Over Lead Emissions

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT) -- The Shanghai government has reportedly suspended protection at two factories, including a battery plant owned by American company Johnson Controls Inc., after high levels of lead were found in local children.

China's state news agency Xinhua reported Friday that the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau had shut down operations at a battery plant operated by Milwaukee-based Johnson. Lead-emitting operations at another plant, operated by Shanghai Xinming Auto Accessories Co., were also suspended.

The government said Johnson, a billion-dollar company that makes lead-based car batteries, was the bigger...
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