Another Toxic Plant in China

Posted by jeckert on 08/20/2009

dongling-lead-zinc-smelting-plant-china-afp-bg China closed its third plant this month due to environmental concerns. The toxic plant is believed to have caused over 1,300 cases of lead poisoning in children and was only shut down due to protests from angry parents. Earlier this month, another plant in Hunan was closed after it was linked to cadmium and indium poisoning. China has a bad track record of contamination from plants and even worse, of ignoring protests from the public. The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) released a report in March 2009 on environmental regulation of the steel industry in China. Here are some eye-opening facts:
Recent data show that one quarter of the particulate matter in the air in Los Angeles on some days originates in China. An economist serving in China’s Ministry of Commerce told The New York Times that, with respect to steel, “the shortfall of environmental protection is one of the main reasons why our exports are cheaper.” By putting industry first, unfortunately, the Chinese people suffer most from this pollution. According to World Bank researchers, China’s pollution causes as many as 750,000 premature deaths in China each year. Some 99 percent of the 540 million Chinese who live in urban areas breathe air that would be considered unsafe in Europe. Emissions of pollutants from steel mills, including sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, have significantly contributed to these problems. The Chinese steel industry accounts for between 10 and 15 percent of the country’s total production of wastewater, particulate matter, and sulfur dioxide even though it accounts for only 3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
To read the full report click here.

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BLUE WILSON wrote 5 years 1 day ago

Aug.21, 2009 As a

Aug.21, 2009

As a steelworker, an one whom cares deeply about our inviorment it is time to impose a enviormental tax on all industries that pollute land, air, or water, we can no longer just sit back and say oh well thats china, or any other country what happens in these countries affects everone around the world from our health to our economy. We have the documentation to show how much pollutants and by what type of manufacturing there is a factoring number % that should be in place and added on to tariffs. then maybe these countries would clean up their act.

Blue wilson USW SOAR

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