Environmentalists riled by Formosa extension

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 13, 2017
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

The Yunlin County Government yesterday extended Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s (台塑石化) permits

Environmental groups protesting against air pollution in Yunlin County yesterday hold banners demanding that Formosa Plastics Group halts the expansion of the sixth naphtha cracker in county’s Mailiao Township. Photo: Lin Kuo-hsien, Taipei Times

for its coal-fired boilers, upsetting environmentalists’ hopes of reducing air pollution in the county.

On Saturday, the Anti-Air Pollution Alliance and other groups marched in the county’s Douliou City (斗六), urging the county government not to extend the 12 permits at the company’s naphtha cracker plant in the county’s Mailiao Township (麥寮) that expired on Sunday.

More than a thousand people attended the march, alliance spokesperson Chiang Yiao-hsian (蔣耀賢) said.

However, the Yunlin County Environmental Protection Bureau decided to extend the company’s 12 permits, as well as one that was set to expire next month.    [FULL  STORY]

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