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Apple has been accused of exposing an ex-employee to toxic gases in the US

Apple has been accused of exposing an ex-employee to toxic gases in the US

Former Apple employee accused of leaking toxic fumes from a secret chip factory directly into his California apartment window

25 June
2024
– 04:21

(Updated at 5:42 am)

An ex-employee has alleged Apple Due to exposure to toxic gases from a secret chip factory near his home in California, USA. The woman even rebuked the giant Technology For the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the company built an entire office in the contaminated area.

Photo: US Environmental Protection Agency/Reproduction/CanalTech

In social network MastodonFormer employee Ashley Gjovik He said he almost died In 2020 it was attributed to a “mysterious industrial chemical exposure” in his apartment. And until 2023, he opined that Apple was dumping toxic gases directly into his apartment.

In this publication, Ashley also included a map showing the distance between the factory and his home: about 312 meters. Both facilities are located in San Jose, Santa Clara County.

In June 2023, Ashley filed a formal complaint against Apple, which received EPA agents at the factory. Shared by ex-employee Dropbox Several documents contain at least 19 potential violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Toxic Waste Act.

In the reports, EPA agents concluded that Apple may have committed irregularities:

  • Illegal disposal of hazardous waste;
  • illegal transportation of hazardous waste to landfill facilities;
  • illegal dumping of hazardous waste;
  • Storing dangerous chemicals unattended on weekends.

According to the documents, the most serious violation involved a 6,400 liter hazardous waste solvent tank (see photo below). According to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the container was not adequately monitored.

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According to EPA reports, most of the irregularities have already been resolved since the factory was last inspected in January 2024. However, there are still potential violations listed as “pending” in the agency’s documents.

Apple's 1,700-gallon tank of solvents was improperly monitored (Image: EPA/Reproduction)

Apple’s 1,700-gallon tank of solvents was improperly monitored (Image: EPA/Reproduction)

Photo: Canaltech

The former employee has filed dozens of complaints against Apple

This isn’t the first time Ashley has reported Apple. A former employee was fired in 2021 after allegedly leaking confidential company information. However, he denies the allegations.

At the time, Ashley said the firings were the result of Apple retaliation against people who spoke out in the #AppleToo movement. The organization aims to expose forms of racism, sexism, inequality and abuse in the organization.

Currently, there is no word on whether Apple will have to pay any fines for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The EPA did not find the company guilty of the alleged gas poisoning.

Source: Apple Insider

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