Groups march in Taiwan to protest air pollution; ask local govt. to stop issuing permits to a Formosa Plastics naphtha cracking plant

Author: Chiang Chun-liang and Elaine Hou, Focus Taiwan, Published on: 13 June 2017

Several groups marched in Yunlin…to demand the local government do more to reduce the use of coal and carbon emissions to improve air quality in the county.

At the rally, protesters urged Yunlin County government to stop issuing permits to Formosa Plastics Group's sixth naphtha cracking plant, located in Yunlin County's Mailiao Township, for the use of low-grade coal, which has been blamed for air pollution and an increase in the incidence of health problems among local residents.

The local government should stop issuing such permits to the plant after its current permit expires on Sunday, the groups argued…

In response, Yunlin County government said in a statement that it recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Mailiao Power Corp., located at the naphtha cracking plant, in which the company pledged to replace three coal-fired generators with natural gas powered generators by 2025…

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