FPG naphtha cracker expansion still on

UNDAUNTED:The expansion would help reduce carbon emissions and improve industrial safety by eliminating aging facilities, a Formosa Plastics Group official said

Taipei Times
Date: Mar 17, 2017
By: Kuo Chia-erh / Staff reporter

Formosa Plastics Group (FPG, 台塑集團) yesterday said it does not plan to halt expansion of the nation’s sixth naphtha cracker in Yunlin County’s Mailiao Township (麥寮) after the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) told the group to resubmit its environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

“We hope to get the permits as soon as possible, because the expansion would help reduce emissions and ensure industrial safety by eliminating outdated facilities,” group vice president Lin Sang-chi (林善志) said by telephone.

Lin’s remarks came after the EPA on Wednesday rejected the group’s original report, saying it must include more detailed information on emissions reductions and potential health risks for evaluation.

Formosa Plastics Group, the nation’s biggest industrial conglomerate, has long been criticized for causing health problem risks in Yunlin because of its naphtha cracker.

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