A prominent Chinese activist is taking aim at Apple Inc. supplier Foxconn and a lesser-known manufacturer in a recent report that accuses the companies of environmental violations.
The report, which was released by activist Ma Jun’s Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs and four other nonprofit organizations, accuses Foxconn of releasing water with high levels of heavy metals into a river that feeds Shanghai’s Huangpu river.
The organizations also released a video, which showed cloudy and dark wastewater being released from what they said were a Foxconn facility and another factory run by Taiwanese supplier UniMicron Technology Corp. in the eastern Chinese town of Kunshan. The groups said tests of the sediment near the vents showed levels of nickel and copper exceeding standards laid out by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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