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IT pollution threatens Pearl River Delta

By Jia Xu (chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2010-05-31 16:16
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IT pollution threatens Pearl River Delta
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The Pearl River Delta is continuously polluted with heavy metal from the IT industry and poses a serious risk to people, according to a report about hevay metal pollution in the IT supply chain, cited by the China Youth Daily Monday.

Ma Jun, the initiator of an environmental research NGO, conducted the study with 34 environmentally friendly organizations.

He warned people have the wrong impression that the IT industry has nothing to do with heavy metal pollution.

They discovered many printed wiring board companies discharged heavy metal contamination to water, rivers and land.

The Pearl River Delta has become the most severely polluted area according to a Guangdong Geology Bureau reports in 2004 and 2005. 5,500 square kilometers has been heavily polluted near the Pearl River mouth area in 2004, and 95% of sea-water got contaminated according to its survey.