INDUSTRIAL SOURCES: The National Health Research Institutes, which analyzed the data collected, said that the government should tighten air pollution regulations
Date: Apr 27, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter
Residents in Kaohsiung’s Dalinpu Village (大林蒲) have a higher risk of contracting
cancer due to their exposure to carcinogenic pollutants, a survey by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) showed yesterday.
The EPA released the report at a meeting with Dalinpu residents and environmental groups at Fenglin Junior High School in the city’s Siaogang District (小港).
The village is surrounded by more than 800 industrial exhaust stacks owned by China Steel Corp, Taiwan Power Co and CPC Corp, Taiwan, as well as other firms.
After taking samples of air, water, soil, fishery products and vegetables, and testing emissions at plants, the EPA found that 70-year-old residents, for example, have a cancer risk 1.5 to 5.5 times higher than the “acceptable” risk range of 10-6 to 10-4 suggested by the US Environmental Protection Agency. [FULL STORY]