Formosa Chemicals won’t shut down its Changhua plant before Oct. 8

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/09/29
By: Pan Chih-yi and Romulo Huang

Taipei, Sept. 29 (CNA) Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Vice Chairman Hong Fu-yuan (洪福源) said Thursday that his company will not shut down its plant in Changhua County, in central Taiwan, prior to Oct. 8, despite concerns that it is causing excessive pollution.

According to county authorities, the sulfur content in the bituminous coal used by Formosa Chemicals & Fibre at its Changhua plant’s power generators was 1.2 percent, higher than the 0.84 percent-0.87 percent it had promised to maintain the level at.

The county had repeatedly asked the company to improve the situation by the Sept. 28 deadline.

However, Hong said on Thursday that his company has presented an application to the county government for allowing its plant to shut down the three power generators no earlier than Oct. 8, citing safety reasons, saying the operation of power generators cannot be suspended suddenly.     [FULL  STORY]

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