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Foxconn says emission meets standards as China probes pollution allegations

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Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), the world’s largest contract manufacturer of electronics, said wastewater from one of its factories in eastern China meets environmental standards as regulators investigate allegations of pollution.

All emissions from the plant in Kunshan meet relevant laws and regulations, the company said in an e-mailed statement yesterday.

Foxconn and Unimicron Technology Corp (欣興電子) are being investigated by the government, Xinhua news agency reported, citing Ding Yudong, vice director of the local department of China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection.

Foxconn, whose Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (鴻海) assembles Apple Inc iPhones and iPads, released toxic waste into rivers near the Kunshan plant, according to environmental groups, including the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Pollution has displaced land disputes as the main cause of China’s 30,000 to 50,000 annual incidents of civil unrest, Chen Jiping (陳冀平), a member of the top political advisory body to China’s National People’s Congress, said in March.

“We hope that corporations can shoulder their responsibilities in protecting the environment,” Ma Jun (馬軍), a director with IPE, one of five organizations to criticize Foxconn and Unimicron, said yesterday.

Foxconn has been in talks with the environmental groups in the past two days, although no specific plans have been made, Ma said.

The plants of Foxconn and Unimicron in Kunshan, which is located about 640km from Shanghai, are included on Apple’s supplier list.

“We do not tolerate environmental violations of any kind and regularly audit our suppliers to make sure they are in compliance,” Kitty Potter, a spokeswoman for Apple, said by telephone.

Taiwan-based Unimicron did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Bloomberg News yesterday.

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