Industry must respect our environment

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Sir: Despite the acres of agricultural land being swallowed up by developers, there are good prospects ahead for Chatham. A story in The Chatham Voice announces that a Chinese tire and plastic waste recycling company is planning to build a facility here, which will hopefully create several jobs.

With all due respect to the Chinese, however, I hope and pray that care is taken. China suffers from rapid industrialization, population growth, and lax environmental oversight causing many environmental issues.

In January 2013, fine airborne particulates that pose the largest health risks rose as high as 993 micrograms per cubic meter in Beijing, compared with World Health Organization guidelines of no more than 25.

The World Bank estimates that 16 of the world’s most-polluted cities are located in China.

We welcome the Chinese, but they must adhere to our environmental regulations

Stephen Beecroft

Chatham

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