A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province

A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province, November 19, 2012. In ramshackle semi-industrial Tianying in China’s Anhui province, a state-owned lead smelter and foundry sits at the centre of town, behind high walls and secure gates that make it look more like a prison than the mainstay of the local economy. Decades of pollution from it and similar plants – Tianying once accounted for half of China’s total lead output – has made much of the town’s land uninhabitable and its water undrinkable. Picture taken November 19, 2012. To match Feature CHINA-CONGRESS/ENVIRONMENT REUTERS/David Gray (CHINA – Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY POLITICS) – RTR3APL1

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A farmer leans on his shovel as he takes a break from turning soil to plant crops with the chimneys from the huge state-owned lead smelter visible behind him in the town of Tianying, Anhui Province