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Xinjiang Eyed as Home for a Massive New Solar Polysilicon Plant

  • Xinjiang Jingnuo New Energy applies for 100k ton/year plant
  • Region is home to claims of Uyghur human rights abuses

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Xinjiang, the western Chinese region scrutinized by human rights activists, is being eyed for a massive new solar polysilicon plant that would extend its grip on the industry.

Xinjiang Jingnuo New Energy Industry Development Co. has submitted an environmental impact assessment seeking approval to build a 100,000-ton-a-year polysilicon plant in the city of Huyanghe, according to a post on the municipal government website.