By: M. H. Chang and Lillian Lin
Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) A law firm representing 74 residents in Yunlin County filed a class action on Thursday against five companies operating in the Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) sixth naphtha cracker complex and demanded compensation of NT$70.17 million (around US$2.18 million).
At a press conference Friday, representatives of local residents filing the suit accused the complex, which has an annual output value of NT$1.66 trillion, of making profits by sacrificing the health of residents in neighboring areas.
They contended that the facility poses a major health risk, with families in the area getting cancer at an abnormally high rate compared with the general population since the complex opened. [FULL STORY]