Wang Englin, a Chinese farmer, in his 60s has won the first round of a legal battle against a powerful state-owned chemicals corporation, after spending 16 years teaching himself about the law.
Wang had just three years of education and lives in a modest home which costs £5.80 a month.
He blames the multi-million-dollar Qihua Group for dumping tens of thousands of tons of polyvinyl chloride into the village, ruining farmland and creating a 71-acre field covered in white calcium carbide slag.
It is claimed that Qinghua first dumped hazardous wastewater near Mr Wang’s land in 2001, preventing him from growing his crops. Mr Wang claimed he was playing cards and cooking with neighbours on the eve of the Lunar New Year when water began leaking into his house.