A Little Story About a Monstrous Mess II

Investigation of hazardous chemicals in the wastewater from dyeing facilities in Shishi, China

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Publication - 2014-01-07
Greenpeace has witnessed and documented a huge, black plume of wastewater, on the surface of the sea neighboring China's Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone, which is estimated to cover an area equal to 50 Olympic swimming pools and was easily spotted in satellite imagery. The plume of wastewater stretched directly above the outlets of a long submerged pipe perpendicular to the coastline. The pipe belongs to the communal wastewater treatment plant of the Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone - Haitian Environmental Engineering Co. Ltd.

Greenpeace has witnessed and documented a huge, black plume of wastewater, on the surface of the sea neighboring China's Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone, which is estimated to cover an area equal to 50 Olympic swimming pools and was easily spotted in satellite imagery. The plume of wastewater stretched directly above the outlets of a long submerged pipe perpendicular to the coastline. The pipe belongs to the communal wastewater treatment plant of the Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone - Haitian Environmental Engineering Co. Ltd.

A Greenpeace investigation has found toxic chemicals such as the hormone disruptor nonylphenol (NP), chlorinated anilines and antimony in the wastewater discharged from two of these dyeing facilities, before reaching the wastewater treatment plant. Some of the chemicals found in current study matched those detected in some children’s clothing made locally in Shishi and tested by Greenpeace.

This pipe belonging to the Wubao Dyeing Industrial Zone is just the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. There are 435 such discharge points along the coastline of China, which altogether release 32.2 billion tons of wastewater per year. Among them, 68% have records of illegal discharge, and 25% have never met national environmental standards, according to official data from China’s State Ocean Administration.

Greenpeace is calling for the Chinese government to enforce the newly promulgated policy that requires factories that use and discharge hazardous chemicals to register the discharge and transfer information and disclose this information to the public. We also urge factories to disclose information on hazardous chemicals discharge and step by step eliminate such chemicals from the production of clothes.

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A Little Story of Monstrous Mess II

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