Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"Operating under US environmental protections would be new for Foxconn"

From the Foxconn in Wisconsin series

Conservationists are raising questions about Taiwan-based Foxconn's environmental record as the electronics giant considers opening a major facility in Wisconsin.  Above, employees gather outside Foxconn's parent company in New Taipei City.
Wally Santana, Associated Press.

"A massive Foxconn Technology Group manufacturing campus in Wisconsin would test the Taiwan-based electronics giant’s willingness to meet U.S. environmental standards.
Just how tough a test it would be remains to be seen.

"The company’s proposal to bring large-scale liquid-crystal-display television manufacturing to the U.S. for the first time comes as state and federal leaders are making pollution watchdogs friendlier to business.

"As Wisconsin lawmakers wrestle with a proposed $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn, more questions are surfacing about how Wisconsin’s air and water would be protected from an influx of toxic chemicals used by the LCD industry.

"Conservation groups are also concerned about whether the Great Lakes would be harmed by withdrawals needed to quench the plant’s expected need for millions of gallons of water each day.

"Environmental advocates point to the LCD panel industry’s reported air and water pollution problems in China, where lax enforcement is attributed in part to investment partnerships between industry and government."

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