Residents of Liuchong Village in Zhongxiang City, Hubei Province have suffered severe pollution since 2008, when Dasheng Chemical, a local phosphate mine and fertilizer factory, began its operations . The factory is located in the most populated area in Liuchong Village with 50 households living within 600 meters of the plant. Houses and plants in its immediate area were coated with white powder due to the plant’s day and night air permission (ibid) to operate. Every day, Dasheng Chemical’s trucks dump piles of phosphogypsum, an industrial byproduct of phosphate fertilizer that contains cancer-causing chemicals like arsenic, chromium-6, and cadmium, onto the hill surrounding the village . The wastewater from the plant is found to discharge directly into the surrounding ponds and field, coloring the water into brown and green .