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National Taiwan University researchers publish report on impact cancer-causing & liver-damaging pollutant from Formosa Plastics's naphtha cracker in Yulin

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24 April 2014

Formosa Plastics did not respond to: Formosa Plastics re environmental impacts in Taiwan

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24 April 2014

Police block protesters from FPG [Taiwan]

Author: Lee I-chia, Taipei Times (Taiwan)

Clashes broke out between protesters and the police in front of Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) headquarters in Taipei…during a rally against the company’s expansion plans for a naphtha cracker…before an environmental impact assessment (EIA) to review an expansion proposal…Association member Wu Jih-hui…said the cancer rate…has increased rapidly since the cracker began operation…Wu said, referring to Formosa Plastics…that the company should not be allowed to expand its operations because it cannot properly manage the pollution it generates…Formosa Plastics Group vice president Lin Sang-chi…said the relationship between the expansion projects and…diseases still needed to be clarified, but the company would make an official response…within a month…“We are a responsible corporation, which holds the public’s health as its top priority,” he said, adding that the expansion proposal is to upgrade the current facilities and will reduce pollution…The EIA meeting…did not approve the proposal, but concluded that Formosa Plastics Group must submit more information…

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9 January 2014

Voices from the Victims of Naphtha Cracker Pollution in Taiwan

Author: I-fan Lin, Global Voices

[Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Formosa Plastics Group to respond to the report, the company has not responded yet] Residents in the area of a petrochemical processing plant in Taiwan's western Yulin County are at risk for exposure to several toxic air pollutants…[A] report by researchers from the National Taiwan University… on the impact of Formosa Plastics Group's naphtha cracker No. 6, released in July 2012, found that among the pollutants to which residents are likely to be exposed is the carcinogenic and liver-damaging vinyl chloride…The findings echo those of the US Environmental Protection Agency, which saw “extensive” violations at Formosa Plastics' plants in Louisiana and Texas in 2009. The Taiwanese company paid a settlement worth 13 million US dollars in that case to the US Department of Justice. The Yulin Country naphtha cracker was met with public opposition over its possible health consequences from the start of construction in 1992…Their damning results have inspired residents to take up a possible lawsuit against the Formosa Plastics Group…

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