China’s Lead Balloon

News from China today reminds us of the entrenched problems that nation still has to overcome to be taken seriously as an environmentally responsible country.

According to Beijing papers, pollution from a smelting operation sickened hundreds of citizens of Xinsi and Moba, two towns located in northwest China. At least 879 persons have been reported to have some degree of lead poisoning.

Unfortunately, these types of disasters occur far too often in China. A year earlier farmers and officials inZhejiang  province clashed over polluted wastewater from a local battery factory. That incident sickened at least 700 kids.

China’s laws on pollution are on par with much of the Western world’s. However, the Chinese EPA is undermanned, and audits, we hear, are uncommon. That’s a recipe for disaster, and they’ve got the results to prove it.

This entry was posted in Hot Wires by Mike. Bookmark the permalink.

About Mike

Mike Buetow is editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He is also vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversees all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 20 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow

1 thought on “China’s Lead Balloon

  1. Hi, sorry for contacting you through the comments but I couldn’t find an email address..

    I’ve got some ideas for a series of electronic artworks that would involve mass-producing electronic devices, but I have no idea about what sort of prices I’d be looking at, or even how to begin to go about it.

    I’ve posted something to my blog.. it would be really awesome if you could share some advice or even just point me in the right direction.

    Cheers and arohanui,
    D

Comments are closed.