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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.

Photo: Tsai Cheng-min, Liberty Times

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)





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