China is a nation that has been plagued with far too many cases of ordinary citizens suffering lead poisoning, and one of the biggest culprits must be lead-acid battery companies. Lead is one of the most toxic heavy metals, and is harmful to the nervous system, blood circulatory system and digestive system. Children are particularly vulnerable, as their mental and physical developments are easily affected by lead.
Since 2005, China has reported at least 27 instances of lead poisoning due to the lead-acid battery industry, with each instance possibly running into several hundreds of victims. The levels of lead in the blood of those victims were often higher than 100μg/L, and some even higher than 600μg/L which is extremely hazardous. Most countries, including China, consider levels of lead in blood over 100μg/L to be a problem, although some scientific research have shown that there is no safe level of lead.
Such devastating statistics has finally forced the government to release to the public a list that dates back to 1930 of all lead-acid battery companies, their addresses, production processes and pollution information. It's the first time the Ministry has sought to disclose such a comprehensive list in regards to a serious pollution hazard, to the public. These companies are located all over Mainland China.
We taken this publicly available information and mapped it out to make it easier for you to read. We also invite you to point out any mistakes in an effort to draw a truly accurate portrait of the lead-acid battery companies in the country. And hopefully help eliminate any future instances of lead poisoning.
View larger map: Chinese lead-acid battery assembly and recycling premises 2011
1. You can zoom into the map to see specific locations of lead battery business.
The company is producing
The company has been discontinued
The company has been banned
The premises is under construction
2. Click on the icon with the left mouse button, and you can display the company name, address, production technology, pollution information and production status information.
3. All of the map's enterprises were marked using information from China's Ministry of Environmental Protection web site, as released on August 2.
4. If you believe that one of the businesses has been inaccurately placed or inaccurately categorised (for example marked as no longer in operation, but in fact is), please leave us a message below in the comments and where necessary provide addresses and details. We will then summarise any information you provide, and submit this to the Environmental Protection Department in order for them to update their data.
And head to our China site to view our "Lead Poisoining Prevention Handbook" and a feature story covering in depth China's lead pollution issue (both in Chinese).