Monday, March 10, 2008

Solar Panel Poisons & Drugged Water Supply

In a hellfire hurry to reap the riches from the burgeoning Green Economy, a Chinese polysiilcon provider to manufacturers for solar power suppliers, Luoyang Zhonggui High-Technology, dumps remnant polysilicon toxins onto the ground, bypassing any safeguards as impediments to cashing the check. So toxic is the chemical, it destroys everything in its path leaving the ground barren, the air and water nasty with people dying. Solar panels are a hot business and they cannot be made fast enough. China has a deserved pond scum reputation for cutting corners on food be it for humans or the family poodle, toys and bottled water, delivering sub par goods in order to keep its economy thriving enough to sustain a population of well over a billion and half people.
"In China, polysilicon plants are the new dot-coms," writes Ariana Eunjung Cha, reporting that new factories there are set to produce more than twice the amount of polysilicon as is currently manufactured in the world. Silicon tetrachloride can be recycled. But manufacturers reportedly can make polysilicon about two-thirds more cheaply if they ignore environmental protections.
Dumping is stirring the nascent China PR crisis management industry to get better faster as a board member for the of fending plant thinks some poisoned villagers are exaggerating the disastrous effects. He must not have taken good notes during the US pet food crisis, believing citing he knows the environmental regulations are being followed coupled with his outright denial that it could never happen, meaning take his word for it in light of the recent past history of a multitude of Chinese production pratfalls. More important is the economic development was to help those impoverished indigenous people in nearby villages an opportunity to join in a bit of prosperity enjoyed by their better educated urban citizens.

However, Wang said the company does release a "minimal amount of waste" in compliance with all environmental regulations. "We release it in a certain place in a certain way. Before it is released, it has gone through strict treatment procedures."

Yi Xusheng, the head of monitoring for the Henan Province Environmental Protection Agency, said the factory had passed a review before it opened, but that "it's possible that there are some pollutants in the production process" that inspectors were not aware of. Yi said the agency would investigate.

In 2005, when residents of Li's village, Shiniu, heard that a new solar energy company would be building a factory nearby, they celebrated.

The impoverished farming community of roughly 2,300, near the eastern end of the Silk Road, had been left behind during China's recent boom. In a country where the average wage in some areas has climbed to $200 a month, many of the village's residents make just $200 a year. They had high hopes their new neighbor would jump-start the local economy and help transform the area into an industrial hub. (Photo By Zhang Quanfeng)

Silicon tetrachloride will bleach a fertile green farm into white powder as if or the ground was eaten by acid. The runoff of these chemicals goes right into the drinking water and pollutes the water source or kills off fish and other food source. We should know better as the AP just completed a study showing what is in the tap water of 24 cities across the USA. The assorted and always available advertised drugs Americans take in massive quantities is showing up in the water with enough frequency that its turning male fish into females just from all of the estrogen released into the water.

Imagine working out and needing to quench your thirst and replenish your fluids to maintain good health. Your throat is parched, your lips are cracking and the condensation drips down the side of a tumbler as you take a long draw of what you thought was pure clean water chilled from your fridge. Waters impurities are now confirmed with trace elements of anti-depressants, anti-convulsants and antibiotics all mixed in that seemingly clear water from the tap that was "cleansed" by a water treatment facility before it gets to your lips.

The water supply is in peril and it starts by not knowing what is being dumped into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. Making Green products is supremely twisted if the aftereffects are killing farms and people or leaving residue in residential tap water from an overmedicated society. Fresh water, known as blue gold and worth multiple times its tremendous weight, is becoming increasingly difficult to come by in a pure state safe for humans and fish to drink the world over.

Robert Redford lends his name and environmental creds to this project scribing the foreword for, Rick Smolan and Jennifer Ewitt, in Blue Planet Run: The Race to Provide Safe Drinking Water to the World.

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