By: Chia Lee, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
President-elect Tsai Ing-wen said Friday that in a bid to effectively solve air
pollution problems in central Taiwan, which are more serious than she expected, the central government would see it as part of its job to push for constructive cooperation with the local government on this matter.
Tsai continued on her tour of Taiwan’s industrial and agricultural sectors Friday, with the third stop being the Taichung Power Plant. Tsai held talks with both business and environmental group representatives in regards to the continuing deterioration of air quality, especially in central Taiwan.
Tsai was cited by media reports as saying that air pollution problems in central Taiwan were more alarming than she expected. Though a challenge to the nation as a whole, the central government should work with local governments in the battle against air pollution, as the central level has more access to and control over resources.
Meanwhile, Professor Chen Chi-chung of National Chung Hsing University, who participated in the talk, said that Tsai will in the future invite environmental groups and experts to come forward with related policy proposals to combat air pollution. [SOURCE]