AIRBORNE ASH:Residents of Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District said that ash from a nearby iron ore storage site had blown into their homes and turned into an oily dust
Date: , Aug 20, 2015
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
Environmental groups and residents of Kaohsiung’s Siaogang District (小港) yesterday
rallied in front of Kaohsiung City Hall to protest against the ash they said had blown into their community from a China Steel Corp iron ore storage site.
Dozens of protesters assembled in front of the city hall in the morning, holding placards and covering their hands with ash that they said had blown from the company’s Siaogang District outdoor iron ore storage site into their homes.
The protesters demanded that Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) order the company to construct roofed storehouses to curb the ash leaking into the atmosphere, as Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) has done in his city.
In Taichung, following the passage of a city statute regulating the storage of coal, Taichung-based Dragon Steel Corp — a subsidiary of China Steel — recently announced a NT$9 billion (US$275.5 million) project to construct enclosed depositories to store its bituminous coal. [FULL STORY]