Fri, May 07, 2004 - Page 2 News List

Councilor: Water tests were faked

By Jewel Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

A Taipei City Councilor yesterday leveled charges against the Taipei City Government's Bureau of Environmental Protection of faking results of water-quality tests in a community in Hsintien. The bureau said that no results had been faked and that the water quality in the community was acceptable.

People First Party (PFP) Councilor Wang Hsin-yi (王欣儀), along with two bureau officials who reported the case to him, yesterday held a news conference to publicize their claims.

A bureau researcher surname Chan said at the news conference that the bureau had announced that the water in Garden City (花園新城) -- which had been suspected of being contaminated -- was of an acceptable quality even though many water samples that were supposed to have been tested were not even opened.

Wang said that the bottles of unopened water samples were classified as "eligible" according to testing records, indicating that the bureau was guilty of false reporting.

Wang asked the head of the Bureau of Environmental Protection, Chen Yeong-ren (陳永仁), to ask that he be disciplined for failure to supervise adequately. Otherwise, Wang said, he would try to arrange for Chen to be disciplined.

Chen said that the whole affair was a misunderstanding resulting from the fact that Chan did not understand the testing procedures. Chen said that bureau officials had collected two sets of water samples in the community and that Chan might have confused the two.

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