Dalinpu residents have raised cancer risk: report

INDUSTRIAL SOURCES: The National Health Research Institutes, which analyzed the data collected, said that the government should tighten air pollution regulations

Taipei Times
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

Kaohsiung’s Dalinpu Village is surrounded by oil refineries, steel mills, power plants and Linhai Industrial Park in an undated aerial photograph.Photo courtesy of Kaohsiung Urban Development Bureau

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]

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