The Kaohsiung City Government vowed yesterday to strengthen its screening of factory emissions, amid concerns that a partially state-owned steel company based in the port city may be releasing high volumes of carbon dioxide into the air.
Kaohsiung City Councilor Wu Ming-tzu (吳銘賜) said in a question-and-answer session in the city council that China Steel Corp emitted 21.78 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, accounting for 55 percent of air pollutants in the city.
China Steel also emits the toxic chemical dioxin.
He asked the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau Director Hsiao Yu-cheng (蕭裕正) to purchase equipment to measure the level of air pollution and thus monitor state-owned enterprises such as China Steel and Taiwan Fertilizer.
“Once violations are found, the city government should impose fines on the companies concerned,” Wu said.
Hsiao said the carbon dioxide emissions in the city added up to 39.68 million tonnes annually, accounting for around 11 percent of the nation’s emissions.
Suspended particles and volatile organic compounds are also released by China Steel, causing the air quality to deteriorate in the city’s Cianjhen (前鎮) and Siaogang (小港) districts, he said.