SINICA researcher Jeng Ming-shiou said it is the worst he has seen in 40 years
By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — “This is the most damaging pollution I have ever seen in 40
years of my research career here on the Green Island of Taitung, and it could have persistent impact on local ecology and economy,” an expert from Taiwan’s most respected research institute said Sunday, while the cleaning up is underway with 1,123 kilograms of oil and contaminated waste being collected in two days.
Residents of Taiwan’s Green Island off the east coast revealed Saturday several heart-wrenching images of dark sticky oil-coated beaches on the island that is believed to have come from illegal waste oil dumping from a commercial vessel.
The Taitung District Prosecutors Office said that the country’s Environmental Protection Administration has tracked down the culprit, a 40,000-ton vessel, which is scheduled to land in a harbor of a foreign country, and the Taiwan government is looking for international judicial assistance to hold the vessel accountable. [FULL STORY]