By: Chen Wei-ting, Yu Hsiao-han and Elaine Hou
Taipei, April 27 (CNA) The cancer risk in a Changhua village has been confirmed to
be linked to a naphtha cracking plant in neighboring Yunlin County, according to the results of a research project published Thursday.
The research focuses on residents of Changhua’s Dacheng Township and neighboring Chutang Township, north of Formosa Plastics Group’s sixth naphtha cracking plant.
It was found that the risk of cancer in Dacheng’s Taishi village, about eight kilometers from the plant in Yunlin’s Mailiao Township, was one in 1,000 between 1999 and 2007, while the rate rose to 8.44 in 1,000 for the 2008-2014 period, the research team said at a news conference. [FULL STORY]