Yunlin County residents file class action against chemical plants

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/08/14
By: M. H. Chang and Lillian Lin

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) A law firm representing 74 residents in Yunlin County filed a class 32944256action 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]

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