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A Chinese environmental group has singled out Apple for criticism, accusing the company's Chinese suppliers of discharging polluted waste and toxic metals into surrounding communities and threatening public health.
The group, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs in Beijing, released a 46-page report documenting what it said was pollution from the dozens of "suspected" Apple suppliers throughout China.
The report, which the group said was based on visits to many of the factories' regions, said that factories that the group suspected were Apple suppliers often "fail to properly dispose of hazardous waste" and that 27 of the suppliers had been found to have environmental problems.
An Apple spokesman said that the company was looking into the allegations contained in the report and that the company had been aggressively monitoring factories in its supply chain with regular audits.
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