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Blacksmith responds to "sensationalist" claim about tanneries and pollution

 

In November of 2011, Blacksmith released a report identifying chromium pollution from tanneries as one of the world’s top ten worst toxic pollution problems. An industry group of leather manufactures quickly criticized the report’s assertions as “sensationalist and not appropriate."

Their primary assertion was that tanneries use non-toxic trivalent chromium in the tanning process, not toxic hexavalent chromium.

Here is our response as reported in Leather International magazine.  Download the full response here.)