Foxconn and UniMicron under investigation by Chinese authorities

Christopher North is often quoted on the comment that “laws are made to be broken”; as it turns out, this only works if you’re not viewed suspiciously in the aftermath. This is the scenario Foxconn and UniMicron are facing at the moment.

The two companies are based in Taiwan, though are being investigated by Chinese authorities over allegations that they have been poisoning rivers. These allegations come from environmentalist Ma Jun and a number of non-profit organizations.

So far Foxconn has insisted compliance with emissions standards, while UniMicron claims to inspect waste water daily. The issue is that their waste water may have been tainted by toxic metals.

Ding Yudong, a vice director in the environmental regulator, says that investigations are taking place in Kunshan; about 40 miles west of Shanghai. Should they be “severely exceeding emissions standards”, action will be taken.

As a result of the manufacturing industry, Kunshan’s GDP has grown ‘substantially’ in previous years. With present news, it is somewhat ironic that the city holds the award of ‘National Model City of Environment Protection’. Now, the very influence that made it a big city could be damaging it.

Longtime readers will likely remember horror stories about Foxconn plants and what happens when you lose an iPhone prototype. Even so, the company is huge in its industry, with clients including Microsoft and Apple.

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GDP does not factor public health, well-being and environment.

If we fish all the fish in the sea it will make a cracking GDP quarter , lets not think about the next one.

China is, however, investing billions upon billions of dollars into renewable energy. Recently they just announced a $300 billion investment.

In America, however, we're more interested in investing in the military and the NSA. Climate Change is a myth here.

They are indeed but still its a drop in the sea compared what they need to do. still opening a coal power station once week or something anyway.

DrakeN2k said,
They are indeed but still its a drop in the sea compared what they need to do. still opening a coal power station once week or something anyway.

Indeed. But at least they know they have a problem that needs to be fixed and they're addressing it, albeit slowly.

Here it's oh we have a problem? Eh someone in the future can fix it.

DrakeN2k said,
They are indeed but still its a drop in the sea compared what they need to do. still opening a coal power station once week or something anyway.

It's still 3x more than their annual military budget. We'd have to invest $2 trillion in renewables to match that... several orders of magnitude more than we are willing.