A huge tent was put up over the former site of an insecticide factory in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, to contain a peculiar smell emanating from polluted soil. The tent in downtown Hangzhou covers about 20,000 square meters and is 36 meters high. It was built on top of where Hangzhou Qingfeng Agricultural Chemical once stood. It was relocated in 2009, but the more than 50-year-old company left many contaminants buried in the ground.
Following an investigation and risk assessment, treatment of the polluted soil was initiated in September. However, in the process of the treatment, a peculiar smell was released, seriously affecting nearby residents.
A woman surnamed Shao, who lives two bus stops away from the site, said she can still smell a pungent odor.