By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taichung City Council on Wednesday
approved a proposal to restrict the burning of coal and ban the burning of petroleum coke in an attempt at fighting air pollution in Central Taiwan.
The proposal was launched by Taichung City Mayor Lin Chia-lung but drew criticism from the central authorities and from utilities. Taichung is the site of a major coal-fired plant managed by the state-owned Taiwan Power Corporation.
“Taichung has set a historic first step,” Lin said after the council passed the third reading of the proposal, which still faces a review by the central government.
Both major parties had mobilized all their members on the city council, and after hours of discussion, they reached an agreement which included annual pollution tests and a review of the air quality, reports said. [FULL STORY]