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Police block protesters from FPG [Taiwan]

Author: Lee I-chia, Taipei Times (Taiwan), Published on: 24 April 2014

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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Related companies: Formosa Plastics