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Taiwan: Suao fishermen claim Ho-ping Power Plant pollution is jeopardising livelihoods

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18 August 2014

Taiwan: 1,500 Suao fishermen protest against Ho-ping Power Plant pollution; company says it will respond to demands

Author: Chu Tse-wei, Taipei Times (Taiwan)

"Suao fishermen protest against power plant", 12 Aug 2014

About 1,500 fishermen from Nanfangao fishing port in Suao Township, Yilan County, yesterday staged a protest outside Ho-ping Power Plant in Hualien County...The fishermen said they were "fed up" with the coal-fired power company dumping mud and warm water into the Pacific Ocean and jeopardizing their livelihood...Suao Fishermen's Association head Chen Chun-sheng said that pollution from the plant has caused the whitebait and eel fry catch to plunge, but the company gives 85 percent of its annual compensation to fishermen in Hualien County, while those in Yilan County only receive 15 percent... [T]he company invited more than 20 protesters into the plant for more in-depth negotiations, but the two sides failed to reach an agreement. The company later...promised to respond to the protesters' demands and questions by Sept. 1, adding that it would invite them to future environmental impact assessment committee meetings, so that their rights can be ensured...

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Author: 林泊志、李光滨,台湾苹果日报

"电厂毁渔场近千渔民海陆夹击抗议台泥", 2014年08月12日

苏澳地区渔民...指控花莲和平电厂长年将淤泥海抛,导致海中生态被破坏殆尽,让苏澳的渔民没鱼可抓,不但鲣鱼类、白带鱼大量减少,连以往盛产的魩鱙、鳗苗都很罕见,加上每年所给的回馈金高达85%给花莲,宜兰只有15%,今天清晨6时许,近千位渔民,搭乘21辆游览车、56艘渔船,以海陆夹击方式,从南方澳渔港出发到花莲的和平电厂抗议...最后电厂开放22位渔民...代表入厂区内协商,由和平电厂总经理刘奕昌出面沟通,刘奕昌说,和平电厂从营运至今每年都有拨回馈金给宜兰跟花莲县政府,也努力最好各项环​​保工作,依据委托办理的专业学术单位长期监测,结果都符合水温及温升等环保相关规定,另环保署在两年前进行采样检验和平港公司养滩区附近水质,也符合海洋环境品质标准,另有关渔获量经委托专业公司调查分析,也无特别减少情况。而有关宜兰回馈金分配是依据宜兰县政府指示内容办理...

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Author: 林泊志、李光濱,台灣蘋果日報

"電廠毀漁場近千漁民海陸夾擊抗議台泥", 2014年08月12日

蘇澳地區漁民...指控花蓮和平電廠長年將淤泥海拋,導致海中生態被破壞殆盡,讓蘇澳的漁民沒魚可抓,不但鰹魚類、白帶魚大量減少,連以往盛產的魩鱙、鰻苗都很罕見,加上每年所給的回饋金高達85%給花蓮,宜蘭只有15%,今天清晨6時許,近千位漁民,搭乘21輛遊覽車、56艘漁船,以海陸夾擊方式,從南方澳漁港出發到花蓮的和平電廠抗議...最後電廠開放22位漁民...代表入廠區內協商,由和平電廠總經理劉奕昌出面溝通,劉奕昌說,和平電廠從營運至今每年都有撥回饋金給宜蘭跟花蓮縣政府,也努力最好各項環​​保工作,依據委託辦理的專業學術單位長期監測,結果都符合水溫及溫升等環保相關規定,另環保署在兩年前進行採樣檢驗和平港公司養灘區附近水質,也符合海洋環境品質標準,另有關漁獲量經委託專業公司調查分析,也無特別減少情況。而有關宜蘭回饋金分配是依據宜蘭縣政府指示內容辦理...

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