Apple's Chinese Suppliers in Hot Water Over Water Pollution
With much greater frequency than Apple would prefer, the company's Chinese suppliers are once again in hot water tonight over the issue of water itself.
In particular, Chinese regulators are scrutinizing two suppliers following allegations by environmental groups that these plants continue to dump large amounts of toxic heavy metals into local rivers.
The plants coming under fire are owned by Taiwanese companies Foxconn Technology Group and UniMicron Technology Corp., both of which are included in Apple's 2013 supplier list.
Sources close to the ongoing instigation into these claims insist that it will take a long time to determine the veracity of the claims made, although if wrongdoing is uncovered, punishments will be handed down.
With each passing year, concerns about environmental contaminants grow more pronounced. And it's understandable as to why that is. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chinese researchers say that between 8% and 20% of China's arable land - roughly 25 to 60 million acres - "may now be contaminated with heavy metals."