Central, southern Taiwan seek ban on factory use of coal, petcoke

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-15
By: CNA

Representatives of six cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan signed a petition

Emissions from the sixth naphtha cracker complex in Yunlin, August 2010. (File photo/CNA)

Emissions from the sixth naphtha cracker complex in Yunlin, August 2010. (File photo/CNA)

Tuesday to support a draft law that seeks to ban the burning of bituminous coal and petroleum coke at the country’s power plants.

The bill, which was drafted the Yunlin county government, was backed by Chiayi city, Tainan, Changhua county, Taichung and Chiayi county.

Yunlin magistrate Lee Chin-yung said regional regulations on pollution control are needed since the central and southern parts of the country have the highest levels of fine particle pollution, which is highly harmful to human health.

He said the county government, therefore, has drafted a bill to ban the use of black coal and petcoke, with the aim of improving air quality and promoting sustainable development and environmental protection.     [FULL  STORY]

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