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Apple blasted for alleged pollution by suppliers

Sep 1, 2011 1:35:00 AM - thestate.com
Apple is fending off a fresh barrage of criticism from Chinese environmental activists over alleged pollution by the manufacturers who make its iconic products.

In a report issued Wednesday, a group of nongovernmental organizations accused the technology giant of violating its own corporate responsibility standards by using suppliers it said its investigations found are violating the law and endangering public health by discharging heavy metals and other toxins.

Apple's spokeswoman in China was not immediately available Thursday for comment. But in a letter to one of the NGOs responding to the allegations, Apple said it took such concerns seriously but had found discrepancies in the environmentalists' report.

The report by the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing and other members of the so-called Green Alliance explored in more detail findings of a report earlier this year that took Cupertino, California-based Apple and other big electronics makers to task for alleged violations of labor and environmental standards.

It says Apple is spreading pollution through its supply chain and names seven facilities owned by five separate suppliers for specific problems, mainly with disposal of hazardous materials such as copper, nickel and cyanide.

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