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Taiwan Quick Take: Taipei slams highway review

The Taipei City government yesterday expressed deep regret over the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) approval of an interchange on the Taipei-Ilan highway between Pinglin (坪林) and Shiding (石碇), and said it may file administrative litigation against the EPA. "Opening up the interchange will influence the water quality of the Feitsui Reservoir. This concerns the rights and interests of the 5 million residents in Taipei City and County," Taipei Deputy Mayor Chen Yu-chang (陳裕璋) said yesterday at Taipei City Hall. The EPA yesterday passed an environmental review and granted the Ministry of Transportation and Communications permission to open the interchange, allowing 4,000 cars to come on and off the highway every day. Chen Yung-ren (陳永仁), Taipei City's Environmental Protection commissioner, questioned the EPA's decision, saying pollution brought by cars, visitors and the development of the tourism industry would make it difficult to protect the water resources.

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