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China's environmental bill comes due

Factories run by a major state-owned energy company polluted a lake in the village of Langui in China.

BEIJING   The village of Langui, located outside the industrial city of Baotou in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is one of many places that have suffered from China's single-minded focus on economic growth.

     A 5 million-sq.-meter lake from which local fishermen make their living was rendered unrecognizable four years ago. The water turned a cloudy gray, punctuated by the white bellies of dead fish.

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