Fri, Oct 03, 2003 - Page 2 News List

DPP legislative leaders want EPA head to stay

By Fiona Lu  /  STAFF REPORTER

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislative leaders yesterday expressed hope that Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Administrator Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) would withdraw his resignation, saying they could find common ground on the referendum issue.

"A referendum should complement the work of environmental impact assessments (EIAs) with regard to settling controversies over environmental protection," DPP Legislator Tsai Huang-liang (蔡煌瑯) said.

"We hope that the EPA administrator will agree to stay in the Cabinet while the country maps out referendum legislation, including defining citizens' power in participating in the discussion of environmental issues," Tsai said.

DPP Legislator Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) said Hau's resignation revealed the problems of balancing individuals' participatory power and professional assessments in public debates.

"The Executive Yuan is working on overcoming the dilemma and, therefore, Hau should stay with the team and make a professional contribution since his performance at the EPA earned public recognition," Chen said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) legislative whip Lee Chia-chin (李嘉進) said Premier Yu Shyi-kun would be questioned about the resignation at the legislature today.

"The premier will get a tough time at the legislature for allowing a well-respected Cabinet member such as Hau to quit while permitting an unqualified official like Interior Minister Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) to stay in the Cabinet," Lee said.

He said having a flunky in the Cabinet brings shame to the DPP administration and "sadness to the people of this country."

The Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) caucus, meanwhile, suggested that the EPA chief should engage in the debate over upholding citizenship and professionalism.

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