Tainan County Commissioner Su Huan-chih (
The two projects have already passed the environmental impact evaluation stage. The steel plant will be built by the Yeh-Loong Group, and the petrochemical plant will be constructed by the Tuntex Group.
The sites for the two projects are close to the area where black faced spoonbills spend part of the year.
Su made the remarks during a press conference introducing his new book, entitled The Nostalgia of the Black Faced Spoonbill, in which he opposes the two development projects on the grounds they will be built in national scenic areas.
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Su noted that the Premier should have a clear stance on development policy so that the different administrative departments know which rules to follow. He also hoped that the Executive Yuan would recognize the water supply issues these two facilities would face once they are finished.
Shieh Jyh-cherng (
"The day these facilities are built is the day the black faced spoonbills face extinction," Shieh said.
The preliminary environmental impact assessments were completed by the Environmental Protection Administration in 1999. The entire evaluation was not finished until 2004 as the administration requested the county government provide detailed information on the environment. The written report was promulgated this year.
The report listed 27 major issues of concern for the two developments, including the sewage systems and exhaust emissions.
Liu Chug-chun (劉佳鈞), deputy director of the EPA's planning department, said even though the two projects have passed the environmental impact review stage, they still need to be approved by other related administrative authorities before construction can begin.