Some 400 Iranian workers lose jobs as factory shuts down due to environment pollution

Iran Materials 19 August 2013 12:08 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Aug.19/ Trend F.Karimov/

Some 400 workers of a lead and zinc production factory in Iran's northwestern city of Zanjan have lost their jobs as the factory was closed due to environment pollution, ILNA quoted MP Mohsen Alimardani as saying.

The factory was shut down following to protests of people of the city.

The National Lead and Zinc Company, the environment department, and the University of Medical Sciences, should be held accountable for the issue, Alimardani said.

On August 12, hundreds of Zanjan city residents gathered in front Governor and Supreme Leader's representative's office to protest against air pollution caused by zinc and lead factories in the city, Fars news agency reported.

Protests particularly have targeted a lead factory located 15 kilometers from Zanjan city, the report said.

Reportedly, the protesters requested that factory's activity to be halted or its location changed to somewhere else.

According to the reports, Zanjan Province's Governor and Supreme Leader's representative in Zanjan walked out to the people, and asked them to stop protesting.

Zanjan Province's Governor has promised that zinc and lead factories activities will be halted.

It should be recalled that, prior to the closure of the plant, there were more than 70 zinc and lead factories in Zanjan.