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Miaoli City residents protest against proposed new tire factory
反污染 南勢里拒設輪胎廠

Residents of Nanshih Borough in Miaoli City protest outside the proposed site for a tire factory on Saturday last week.
上週六苗栗市南勢里居民在輪胎工廠預定地前抗議。

Photo: Tsai Cheng-min, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者蔡政珉

The Mark Ma tire company is planning to construct a new manufacturing facility in Miaoli City’s Nanshih Borough. However, local residents fear the tire factory will harm the surrounding ecological environment and have a negative impact on house prices. Further, there was no communication with residents before deciding to build the factory. On Saturday last week, residents who want Mark Ma to cancel its plan gathered outside the proposed location of the factory, unfurled white banners and shouted, “No to polluting factories — get the hell out of our community.”

The manufacturer responded that, as per normal procedure, the planning application is currently with the county government. It said that building work on the factory has not yet started and that a public hearing is expected to be held after the Lunar New Year so as to communicate properly with local residents. The factory spokesperson emphasized that all products made by the Mark Ma tire company conform with environmental regulations governing manufactured products.

Residents say there are already examples of tire manufacturers causing environmental pollution. In particular, during the process of tire construction carbon black may be produced. Aside from the potential for airborne pollution, carbon black may adhere to nearby residential houses, vehicles, road surfaces and water ditches, which would be difficult to clean up. Residents are even more concerned that the factory will pollute water that feeds the nearby Houlong River.(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY EDWARD JONES)

瑪克瑪輪胎公司計畫在苗栗市南勢里興建廠房,但居民認為,輪胎工廠恐危害周邊生態環境,也影響地價,且設廠前沒有與他們溝通,上週六聚集廠房預定地前,拉起白布條,高喊「抗議高污染工廠滾出社區」,希望瑪克瑪取消設廠計畫。

廠方回應,相關程序目前還在跟縣府申請中,還沒設廠,預計農曆年後召開公聽會,與居民妥善溝通;廠方強調,瑪克瑪輪胎生產的產品都是合乎環保法規的產品。

居民說,輪胎工廠造成環境污染早有案例,尤其輪胎生產過程中,可能產生炭黑,除了可能造成空氣污染,附近房屋、車輛、路面、水溝都可能有炭黑附著,不易清除,更恐怕會污染鄰近後龍溪水源。

(自由時報記者蔡政珉)

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