FOR AND AGAINST: Those opposed to the building of the plant want further research into environmental impacts, while those in support say it is safer than natural gas power
Date: Mar 15, 2018
By: Yang Mien-chieh and Jake Chung / Staff reporter, with staff writer
Environmental groups and local residents rallied in front of the Environmental Protection
Administration (EPA) building in Taipei yesterday afternoon to protest an imminent review of a project to establish a new Shenao coal-fired power plant in New Taipei City.
The old power plant was decommissioned and torn down in 2007 due to its environmental impact on Fanzaiao Bay (番仔澳灣) and fishermen in the region.
Taiwan Power Co (Taipower, 台電) last year suggested reestablishing the plant to satisfy electricity demands in northern Taiwan, with plans to install a 600,000 kilowatt coal-fired ultra-supercritical pressure boiler in Shenao Bay (身澳灣).
Reviewed three times since its proposal, the ultimate decision of whether to send back Taipower’s environmental impact statements due to changes made after the assessment, or approve the plant after modifications, was returned to the EPA’s environmental assessment committee, which started another review yesterday. [FULL STORY]