The adoption of eco-friendly strategies at the Putzu river in southern Taiwan, one of Taiwan's most polluted rivers, has improved water quality, officials of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said yesterday. Improvement of the Putzu is a major objective for the EPA with treatment programs costing NT$3 billion at nine major rivers also being carried out over the next three years. \nDuring a field trip to the Putzu yesterday, environmental officials said most sources of pollution had disappeared. \nThe 76km river runs through the urban communities and industrial zones of Chiayi County and was one of the most polluted rivers in Taiwan due to illegal waste dumping and industrial waste discharge. \nAccording to the EPA, household waste accounts for 75 percent of pollutants, with animal husbandry sewage adding 13 percent and industrial waste 7 percent. \n"Sources of industrial waste water were less than before due to stricter inspections and the recent economic recession," said Lin Rong-her (林榮和), director of the Bureau of Environmental Protection of Chiayi County Government. \nTo decrease pollution caused by household waste water the EPA pumped 2,000 tonnes of river water a day during dry season to higher grassland in a bid to filter out impurities. \nAt the most polluted section of the river, special cleaning machines have been installed. \nLin said that the lack of a sewer system in Chiayi makes river treatment more challenging. \nThe EPA is researching biotechnologies from Japan to help treat sewage discharge from urban communities. \nOfficials claimed that, since September last year, 24 percent of animal husbandry sewage has been cut by relocating pig farms distributed along the river. \nAccording to the director-general of the EPA's Bureau of Water Quality Protection Cheng Shean-rong (鄭顯榮) the river was the first one the EPA encouraged local government to treat by adopting eco-friendly technologies. \nTo preserve the biodiversity of the river, environmental education programs to survey ecological systems and train 600 volunteers have been carried out this year. \nAlong the river, two recreation parks were built to provide local residents with access to the river with six more under construction. \nEPA officials said that the experience gained in treating the Putzu would be applied to other rivers.
Proposed legislation in the US outlines three conditions in which Washington would be authorized to protect Taiwan were China to invade, a report said yesterday. US Representative Ted Yoho this month said he would introduce a Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which would authorize US military force if China were to invade Taiwan-controlled areas, including its outlying islands. According to a version of the bill obtained by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the sister paper of the Taipei Times), the bill lists three conditions in which a US president would be authorized to use military force to protect Taiwan: If China uses military force
The Supreme Court on Tuesday found four men guilty of attempted murder in the 2017 stabbing of Spanish surfer Ignacio Prio on a Pingtung County beach in the final ruling in the case, sentencing them to three-and-a-half to six years in prison. The defendants had appealed their convictions for attempted murder in the first and second rulings, which had also led to prison sentences ranging from three-and-a-half years to six years. The then-42-year-old Prio went to Jialeshui Beach (佳樂水) near Kenting (墾丁) on March 31, 2017, was attacked after he asked four men to remove their fishing lines from an area
Two new commuter trains are scheduled to be launched in January next year, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said yesterday. The acquisition of EMU-900 commuter train cars is part of the railway operator’s plan to replace 589 train cars that have been in operation for more than three decades. The agency has also placed orders to buy 600 intercity train cars. The first batch of 20 EMU-900 cars is to be delivered to the nation in September, although delivery might be delayed until October due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency said. The batch would be formed into two trains of 10
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