They say local authorities turn a blind eye to factories that pollute air, water and land. In particular, they claim that the plants do a lot of their dirtiest work at night when inspectors are rarely seen.
“They just don’t come,” said a resident who would only identify himself by his surname Zhang.
Near his home was a patch of burnt undergrowth, the result of a vehicle carrying hazardous chemicals catching fire earlier this year, sending plumes of pungent smoke through the streets.
“I gave them a call but none of them came. We can’t stand the smell and there’s suddenly smoke everywhere.”