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Groups urge rejection of Mailiao cracker proposal

KICKING UP A STINK:Campaigners say plans by Formosa Petrochemical Corp for a new plant would bring further misery to Mailiao, an area already blighted by pollution

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

“I don’t understand the logic behind the developers saying that they will reduce the emission levels of some pollutants in exchange for increased emission levels for other pollutants,” Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Liu Chien-kuo (劉建國) from Yunlin County said, adding that many people doubt Formosa Petrochemical Corp’s promises to improve the environment.

Officials from Yunlin County Government suggested that the total emissions of benzene, a carcinogenic air pollutant, should be evaluated, and that Formosa Petrochemical Corp should also put forth healthcare service plans for those people living in nearby areas.

Committee members decided to place the expansion project plans on hold, pending further review, while the developer was required to provide supplementary documents.

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