In this entry, I will be talking about Pegland City. With a population of nearly 240,000 people, Pegland City is the largest city
in Ludao Island. Pegland City’s growth was spawned by industrial and chemical factories, which dates back to the 1900s.
Due to the enormous amounts of iron, lead, zinc, nickel and other precious metals like gold, flocks of settlers came
to Huanjin Town. Huanjin Town was renamed Pegland City, after Jediahet Peguiman was elected as the first mayor of
this place in 1930.
Industry and chemical companies couldn’t have found a better place than Pegland City to set up factories for profit.
Due to the easing restrictions on mining and air pollution, the skies sometimes turned into a yellow haze “that smelled
like rotten eggs with bleach” as one person described in the 1950s.
During the late 1960s, a sharp increase in lung and respiratory disease concerned the Pegland City Council so much
that they hired chemists and environmentalists from other countries to analyze their air. In 1966, the EPA from the US
urged the city to take immediate action after finding significant amounts of Sulfur Dioxide and coal dust in the
Then in 1970, another independent science department, the Ludao Island Republic Atmospheric Research Lab,
also designed experiments that involved an analysis of the polluted skies in Pegland City. After discovering a 33%
increase of pollutants such as Sulfur Dioxide and Nitrogen Oxide when compared with the EPA’s 1966 test,
the LIRARL immediately submitted their paper to the Pegland City Council for review.
Within 2 months, the Pegland City Council accepted the findings of the LIRARL’s report and announced a crackdown
on industrial and chemical plants that are responsible for nearly 90% of the pollution. First, the City Council hired 500
inspectors to check all of the 451 factories and manufacturing centers in the Pegland City Area (Excluding Richmond).
Then they hired 6,000 police officers, in case a factory has a history of problems and refuses to be inspected by an
The crackdown was successful and 390 industrial complexes agreed to shut down and abandon their activities.
Of the 390, only 132 promised to clean up the industrial wastes that they have created. 61 factories gained a special
permit from the city to continue their operation in a strict guideline.
In 1992, another atmospheric test was done by the LIRARL and improvements in air quality had been detected. In their
1992 report, the LIRARL said that nearly 90% of the pollution had been cut and there was a significant decrease in the
Sulfur Dioxide concentration.
However, to this day, there are still numerous problems in Pegland City that still needs to be addressed:
Old factories that lay abandoned in the heart of Pegland City. Several companies only suspended operations, but left
the buildings in its original form:
Another cluster of abandoned factories (They have been slowly disappearing as businesses began to grow during
the 1980s. Oh and ignored the Show Toolbar sign please ):
Several ceased and operating factories in central Pegland City:
Highway 71 and Highway 47 Intersection (forgot to turn off those icons, my bad):
A neighborhood in the heart of Pegland City (Note some old factories in the lower left that are subject to a Superfund project):
Neighborhoods in Southern Pegland City:
Another view of the neighborhood:
Stay tuned for another entry sometime tomorrow!