Textile dyeing accounts for a fifth of all industrial wastewater pollution generated worldwide. Although several industrialized countries have used radiation to treat some of the effluent from textile dyeing plants, the relocation of much of the industry to developing countries in Asia in recent years has meant that a lot of the wastewater goes untreated.

China has now inaugurated its first facility that uses electron beams to treat industrial wastewater, ushering in a new era of radiation technology for the world’s leading textile producer. Learn more here.

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