Eye On Taiwan Eitor’s Note: Although this news came out a couple month’s ago, we feel it is important to share with our readers again.
By Shuchen Chang
TAIPEI, Taiwan, May 17, 2015 (ENS) – The Taipei District Court has ruled in favor of former assembly line workers employed between 1970 and 1992 at the now-defunct electronics company Radio Corporation of America, or RCA.
On April 17, the former U.S. company was found to have dumped toxic waste at its Taoyuan f
actory in northern Taiwan, polluting the soil and underground water. Described as the worst industrial disaster in Taiwan’s history, the pollution led to alarmingly high reports of cancer among the RCA workers.
RCA was an American electronics company in existence from 1919 to 1986. General Electric took over the company in 1985 and split it up the following year.
Statistics show that by the time the RCA workers filed their civil lawsuit in 2004 against RCA and its parent companies – General Electric of the United States and Thomson S.A. (now Technicolor S.A.) of France – more than 1,300 former RCA employees from the Taoyuan factory had cancer.
By then, 221 of them had already died, and the death toll has increased every year since. [FULL STORY]