Firms caught dumping toxic waste

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Taipei Times
Date: Apr 16, 2020
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter

Environmental Protection Administration inspectors examine a mound of illegally dumped industrial waste at an unspecified location in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of the Environmental Protection Administration

Twenty-six people are facing charges for illegally dumping industrial waste across five municipalities, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday.

A “criminal ring” of concrete processing firms and waste disposal operators allegedly dumped industrial waste at 11 locations in Taichung, as well as Changhua, Nantou, Yunlin and Miaoli counties, the agency said.

The waste was dumped at pits left open by illicit mining operations or on rented properties, it said, describing the act as “organized crime” aimed at profiteering.

After receiving intelligence last year, the Changhua District Prosecutors’ Office asked the EPA to track the records of the waste disposal operators and found that they had filed falsified records.

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