Exporting Recyclables

A General Accounting Office investigation found 43 electronics re-cyclers in the United States that were willing to export broken, untested, or nonworking CRTs under conditions that would appear to violate the EPA's CRT rule against exporting nonfunctional CRTs.

Figure 9-6

WOMAN ABOUT TO SMASH A CATHODE RAY TUBE FROM A COMPUTER MONITOR IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE COPPER LADEN YOKE AT THE END OF THE FUNNEL. THE GLASS IS LADEN WITH LEAD, BUT THE BIGGEST HAZARD IS THE INHALATION OF THE HIGHLY TOXIC PHOSPHOR DUST COATING INSIDE. MONITOR GLASS IS LATER DUMPED IN IRRIGATION CANALS AND ALONG THE RIVER, WHERE IT LEACHES LEAD INTO THE GROUNDWATER. THE GROUNDWATER IN GUIYU IS COMPLETELY CONTAMINATED TO THE POINT WHERE FRESH WATER IS TRUCKED IN CONSTANTLY FOR DRINKING PURPOSES. (GUIYU, CHINA. DECEMBER 2001. (© BASEL ACTION NETWORK 2006)

Figure 9-6

WOMAN ABOUT TO SMASH A CATHODE RAY TUBE FROM A COMPUTER MONITOR IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE COPPER LADEN YOKE AT THE END OF THE FUNNEL. THE GLASS IS LADEN WITH LEAD, BUT THE BIGGEST HAZARD IS THE INHALATION OF THE HIGHLY TOXIC PHOSPHOR DUST COATING INSIDE. MONITOR GLASS IS LATER DUMPED IN IRRIGATION CANALS AND ALONG THE RIVER, WHERE IT LEACHES LEAD INTO THE GROUNDWATER. THE GROUNDWATER IN GUIYU IS COMPLETELY CONTAMINATED TO THE POINT WHERE FRESH WATER IS TRUCKED IN CONSTANTLY FOR DRINKING PURPOSES. (GUIYU, CHINA. DECEMBER 2001. (© BASEL ACTION NETWORK 2006)

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