Mon, Mar 23, 2015 - Page 3 News List

Yunlin County boss under fire over FPG meeting

By Sean Lin  /  Staff reporter

The Yunlin County Government has come under fire from environmental activists over “opaque” discussions with the Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) on Friday last week regarding the future of several power plants in the nation’s sixth naphtha cracker complex as its permits for burning petroleum coke and coal are set to expire in June.

Yunlin-based environmentalist Wu Sung-lin (吳松霖) yesterday accused the county government of denying reporters access to the meeting, saying that the secrecy has compromised Yunlin County Commissioner Lee Ching-yung’s (李進勇) credibility.

During his campaign for last year’s nine-in-one elections, Lee promised not to renew the permits for power plants to burn petroleum coke and coal, which generate a range of air pollutants.

Wu said that the county government’s dealings with Formosa Plastics behind closed doors were violations of the public’s interest.

“Ensuring transparency in meetings is but the first step against possible exchange of benefits. If the discussions were carried out in good faith, why did Lee insist on an opaque closed-door meeting?” he said.

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