In the wake of a protest by the people of Zanjan, the lead and zinc factory on the outskirts of the city has been shut down.

In a mass protest last week, citizens of Zanjan demanded the plant be shut down because of its “deadly emissions.”

Protesters claim the emissions have caused a sharp increase in the region’s cancer rate.

ILNA reports that the governor of Zanjan Province, who had spoken with the protesters, issued an order to transfer the plant's work elsewhere, and as of Wednesday August 14, the factory has been closed.