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“60 Minutes” Crew Attacked in Guiyo, China – “One of the Most Toxic Places on Earth”

November 7th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Ewaste 60 minutes crew attacked in Guiyo, China while filming a report on the illegal dumping of toxic electronic waste in Guiyo.

A TV crew from CBS News’ “60 Minutes” was jumped at while filming a report on the illegal dumping of toxic electronic waste in the Guiyo region of southern China. Scott Pelley, CBS correspondent was with the crew when the attack took place. Apparently, the thugs who waylaided the group were attempting to confiscate their camera to prevent them from filming the the plight of this region, which Pelley described to be “one of the most toxic places on earth.”

We have reported (“Recycling Facts“)on the untenable situation in this part of China where tons and tons of e-waste are shipped to illegally from developed countries like the US, and broken down for parts and material in makeshift and primitive facilities, often by women and children. As it happened, Pelley and his crew were following a shipment of old CRT monitors from a recycling yard in Denver to the port of Tacoma in Washington, and across the Pacific to Guiyo, in China.

It was the Basel Action Network, an organization working to ban export of e-waste and other hazardous materials from first world countries like the US to the developing countries. These e-waste are incredibly dangerous because of the high level of toxic metals that they contain. An old picture tube or computer monitor can contain as much as 5-7 lbs. of lead. The Guiyo region in China where these toxic devices are shipped to is now a veritable wasteland, its soil and water poisoned, its people struggling on daily, every single one of them suffering from dangerous levels of lead and other substances in their organs and bloodstream.

Read the full story at CBS News .

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andrea // Nov 12, 2008 at 10:05 am

    that is such terrible thing they are doing to the environment… the bad things some ‘people’ do in china, not to mention the not so recent earthquake tragedy killing lots of people, partly because of substandard materials used for their buildings…

  • 2 free online radio // Nov 23, 2008 at 1:15 am

    with the rapid change of technology people tend to switch from old to new technology due to which world is generating lots of e-waste . best example is mobile phone each day a new mobile phone is launched and people rush to buy a new one. better solution what i think for e-waste old laptops , mobile phone , ipod, pc, etc. should be donate to poor country student rather than throw

  • 3 Kaizen // Nov 24, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Im from Poland and this article show me how like in other countres. I agree in post Andrea.

  • 4 Rose @ Nature's Sunshine Blog // Jan 9, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Try viewing the satellite images of Beijing, China. You will see the thick layer of smoke, dust, and other pollutants that come from the irresponsible disposal of e-wastes; and also from factories and cars.

  • 5 Military Bios // Feb 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    It’s amazing to see the environmental disasters that occur in some counties where people’s health and the health of their environment is valued so little. It’s nice to see somebody trying to expose this but not surprising to see the Chinese fight it.

  • 6 Mauricio // May 31, 2009 at 9:28 am

    Even when i have an idea about this sad reality, until I saw onu chapter C.S.I New York, and became curious, I never realize how terrible and deep this problem was, money talks, b…. walks, but I just wonder myself, when there will be nothing but money, are we goint to survive eating money.
    Is far away last time I┬┤ve enjoy a clear, clean and fresh water of the rivers around my hometown without need to walk at least 10 miles.
    I┬┤m 35, and is sad for me seing how young people doesn┬┤t swim if there┬┤s not a public pool close where they live.
    Definitively, while more I know man, more I love my dog
    WE ARE OUR WORST ENEMY