Foxconn and UniMicron are the two key suppliers to Apple and other tech companies. The two companies are now involved in a controversy. An investigation is being ordered by the Chinese authorities against the two companies for polluting the local rivers by dumping heavy metals!
This issue was made public by environmental activist Ma Jun and a group of five non-profit organizations. It was brought to the notice of Chinese government, and it has been the residents of the town of Kunshan who have been suffering the most. They say that pollution has been worsening in their town, roughly 40 miles west of Shanghai, over the past decade.
During the last few years, many new electronics factories have started functioning in this part of the world. As a result, rivers and canals have become cloudier and smellier due to dumping of waste chemicals from manufacturing.
Though the government is aware of the issue, it has been taking anon committal approach until now. But a section of the politicians and the public are now more concerned about the environmental hazards and are forcing the government to act.
The investigation into the polluting act of Foxconn and Unimicron is likely to take weeks. The investigators need to track down the sources of pollutants, which could be a hefty task. Pegatron, another Apple supplier, is also accused of the same charges.