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1 60 minutes on Mon Nov 10, 2008 12:02 am


Did anyone watch 60 minutes tonight, the computer and electronics equipment being dumped in China~,killing the people there~ can't remember the name of the place close to Hong Kong i think~

2 Re: 60 minutes on Mon Nov 10, 2008 1:54 am

rosco 357

no but there was a new article a couple weeks ago i read on it, but i read it fast , and forgot alot of the details, china is a mess, they make fairly good products as i check them out, since i make things, i notice quality, and some aint bad, but they dont follow the enviromental just common sence rules lots of countrys do, they dont value life like we do, so they have an economic advanatage,and it hurts us, on competition,,

3 Re: 60 minutes on Mon Nov 10, 2008 2:02 am


Tonight's broadcast of the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes includes a segment with correspondent Scott Pelley about black market dismantling of highly toxic electronic waste, or "e-waste," shipped from the US. The process of reporting the story turned out to be pretty hazardous, too:

Jumped by a gang of men overseeing the e-waste operations who tried to take the CBS team's cameras, Pelley’s crew managed to escape and bring back footage of the hazardous activities. Pelley's investigation will be broadcast this Sunday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

The Chinese attackers were trying to protect a lucrative business of mining the e-waste-junked computers, televisions and other old electronic products-for valuable components, including gold. "They're afraid of being found out. This is smuggling. This is illegal," says Jim Puckett, founder of the Basel Action Network, a group working to stop the dumping of toxic materials in poor countries that certifies ethical e-waste recyclers in the United States. "A lot of people are turning a blind eye here. And if somebody makes enough noise, they're afraid this is all going to dry up."

E-waste workers in Guiyu, China, where Pelley's team videotaped, put up with the dangerous conditions for the $8 a day the job pays. They use caustic chemicals and burn the plastic parts to get at the valuable components, often releasing toxins that they not only inhale, but release into the air, the ground and the water. Potable water must now be trucked into Guiyu and scientists have discovered that the city has the highest levels of cancer-causing dioxins in the world. Pregnancies in Guiyu are six times more likely to result in miscarriages, and seven out of 10 children there have too much lead in their blood.

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