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Control Yuan demanding reforms on contamination

By Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  Staff reporter

Control Yuan members yesterday called for a major overhaul of water resources administration to avoid cases of rice contaminated with heavy metals.

In a report released yesterday, Control Yuan member Cheng Jen-hung (程仁宏) and two of his colleagues identified five major flaws that they said led to frequent cases of contamination.

The Control Yuan members demanded better cooperation among agencies charged with pollution control and effective enforcement of rules to clamp down on such pollution as they said that the Cabinet-level National Council for Sustainable Development had failed in its role of coordinating policies.

As a case in point, the report said the Ministry of Economic Affairs did not have concrete plans to follow through on a policy that prohibits factories from discharging industrial wastewater into irrigation ditches.

Separately, the Control Yuan yesterday adopted a resolution to censure the Ministry of Economic Affair’s Industrial Development Bureau, the Environmental Protection Administration and the Council of Agricultural Affairs (COA) over industrial waste.

Control Yuan member Chien Lin Hui-chun (錢林慧君) launched an investigation into the matter following a food scare case in March in which industrial-grade copper sulfate had been added to pig and poultry feed.

The Environmental Protection Administration and the Industrial Development Bureau were charged with negligence in establishing effective control measures for waste disposal and recycling and in carrying out the regulations. Control Yuan members alleged that the COA did not protect consumers after the food scare emerged.

Meanwhile, the COA was also censured by the Control Yuan over its handling of the outbreak of H5N2 avian influenza early this year.

Former Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine director Hsu Tien-lai (許天來) and COA Deputy Minister Wang Cheng-teng (王政騰) were impeached by the Control Yuan for allegedly trying to cover up the case earlier this month.

The Control Yuan approved a motion proposed by Control Yuan member Huang Huang-hsiung (黃煌雄) to censure the Department of Health for failing to establish a rotation system for superintendents at its subordinate hospitals.

The lack of such a mechanism failed to limit the power of the superintendents, many of whom have allegedly been involved in procurement irregularities, Huang said.

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