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An Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad supplier has been fined for polluting a river in Shanghai, China to the point that it was milky white in color, destroying the local fish population and making it so that farmers are unable to grow crops due to the high levels of acidity.
Nearby residents say that this has been occurring on an almost weekly basis since the factory, owned by a subsidiary of Casetek called Riteng, first opened there two years ago. This factory not only supplies the casing for Apple’s iPads, but miscellaneous parts for fellow tech companies Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) and Asus.
“It’s just Chinese New Year annual cleaning. We will cooperate with the government, and the pollution is nothing to do with the production line of our factory…according to our understanding, it’s a mistake that staff made,” Casetek officials claimed in a press release that attributed the problem to a one-off event…
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