Beginning last Thursday protesters began to demonstrate outside a solar panel manufacturing plant arguing that the plant is polluting the environment. What is interesting is that the plant, owned by the Zhejiang Jinko Solar Company, is in the city of Haining in the Zhejiang province of China.
The factory’s waste disposal has been failing pollution tests since April and despite being warned by authorities, the plant has not effectively controlled the pollution, the official Xinhua News Agency cited Chen Hongming, deputy head of Haining’s environmental protection bureau, as saying.
The issue appears to be two-fold.
A 64-year-old Hongxiao villager surnamed Shi said not only does the factory discharge waste water into a river, it also spews dense smoke out of a dozen chimneys.
No wonder the United States has difficulty competing with Chinese solar panel manufacturers. And, as long as “the rules are different” in China, I wonder whether it is a wise “investment” decision to spend taxpayer money subsidizing US solar panel manufacturers.