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Formosa Plastics appeals against strengthened emissions tests aimed at Changhua factory (2016/07/11)
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    Formosa Plastics appeals against strengthened emissions tests aimed at Changhua factory (2016/07/11)

    Zhanghua residents are up in arms over an attempt by a local Formosa Plastics factory to skirt more stringent environmental regulations. They note the company was fined NT$16.2 billion over water pollution by one of its steel factories in Vietnam, and say Formosa shouldn't be allowed to pollute with impunity in Taiwan.

    Some of these Changhua residents appeared with their children at a press conference at the Legislature. Wearing blue headbands, they sought to draw attention to the air pollution and bad odors released by a fifty-year-old Formosa Plastics Group factory in their county.

    Mrs. Yang
    Protester
    It’s really smelly, enough to make you uncomfortable. We’ve already gotten used to this smell as part of living in Changhua, but I hope that my children won’t have to continue to put up with it.

    Eighty-eight schools with a total enrollment of around 56,000 students are located within a five-mile radius of the chemical factory. Findings show that the lung cancer rates among males and females in Changhua County are the highest and third-highest in the nation, respectively, but the EPA has only this year gotten around to designating the factory as a special industrial area requiring airborne emissions tests and a surrounding “green zone” separating it from local residents. Nobody expected, though, that the factory operators had submitted an administrative appeal over the EPA ruling.

    Hsu Yung-ming
    NPP Legislator
    I believe that our democratic Taiwan absolutely cannot be bested by authoritarian Vietnam on this. If Vietnam can (levy fines), I don’t believe that our democratic government here is totally helpless in the face of Formosa Plastics and Formosa Chemicals.

    Legislators called for the EPA to stand firm in the face of the appeal by Formosa Chemicals, saying that the administration needed to give the children of Changhua a chance to breathe clean air once again.

    中文 Chinese  
    空汙高危險需監測 台化提行政訴願

    台塑越南鋼鐵廠因為排放廢水,被越南判處162億新台幣,反觀位於彰化的台化公司,卻是在地方抗爭下,環保署直到今年才認定它是特殊性工業區,必須監督有毒空污,沒想到台化卻提出行政訴願,立委要求環保署硬起來,駁回台化訴願

    綁上藍色頭帶,彰化居民帶著孩子北上發出怒吼,痛批在彰化五十年的台化,排放廢氣、惡臭。

    [[抗議者 楊媽媽]]
    “非常的刺鼻,讓人不舒服。大家已經習慣住彰化就是這個味道,但我不希望我的孩子繼續習慣這個味道。”

    算一算,距離台化五公里內,就有88所學校、五萬六千名學生,彰化男性肺癌就診率全國第一,女性高居全國第三。好不容易環保署,終於認定台化是特殊性工業區,必須監測有毒空污、設置隔離綠帶,沒想到台化卻提出行政訴願。

    [[立委(時力) 徐永明]]
    “我相信民主的台灣絕對不會輸給威權的越南,如果越南可以這樣做,我不相信我們台灣民主政府對台塑、對台化是完全束手無策。”

    立委要求環保署硬起來,駁回台化的訴願,還給彰化孩子乾淨空氣。
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