Greenpeace: East China’s Rivers Polluted by Textile Industry

The international textile industry is poisoning China’s rivers and its people, according to a Greenpeace report released on Tuesday.

Footage shows Greenpeace took samples earlier this year from black water pumped out of two of China’s biggest communal wastewater treatment plants. They serve a large industrial base known for textile manufacturing in China’s eastern Zhejiang Province.

Tests showed sewage from both plants in Shaoxing contained toxic chemicals, some of them cancer-causing and bio-accumulative, which were being pumped directly into the Qiantang River through large pipes. Now the plants are China’s largest in terms of capacity.

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