Dalian's Party chief Tang Jun and Mayor Li Wancai have yielded to the tens of thousands protesters demanding relocation of the Fujia Petrochemical Company, makers of paraxylene (PX), a combustible, cancer-causing chemical used in making polyester, and ordered the plant to be shut down and moved elsewhere, globalpost said.
The demonstration broke over the weekend voicing concern a natural disaster could damage the PX plant and expose the residents to toxic chemicals.
A strong typhoon had occurred last week and breached a sea wall to the city narrowly averting a dangerous chemical spill.
Wang Canfa, an environmental law professor and director of the Beijing-based Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, said the PX plant was illegal in the first place because it did not pass required environmental approval.
The Sunday announcement by both public officials demonstrated a departure from the usual intolerance displayed by the government against public action to air their grievances.