The recent appointment of the seventh Environmental Impact Assessment Committee of the EPA has been of great concern to many environmental groups. All five true environmentalists that served on the sixth committee have been replaced by, what many perceive to be, pro development academics and experts who will likely give the nod to a number of controversial projects which up until now have been held up because of environmental concerns. This paints a very bleak future for the Fairy Pitta of Hushan and Taiwan's Humpback Dolphins.
Yesterday, Green Party Taiwan Secretary-General Pan Han-shen held a mock funeral protest outside the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the first sitting of the seventh Environmental Impact Assessment Committee.
See today's Taipei Times article titled Activists say assessments are a sham.