It shouldn't surprise us. We knew what was coming. After the so-called Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) barred local residents and environmental groups from the previous hearing because of alleged misbehaviour shouldn't we have known what was coming? Shouldn't we have known that yesterday, like it always does, that the EPA would once again deal a devastating blow to Taiwan's environment? And, yes, that's exactly what they did. The CTSP Erlin Science Park has been given the green light. Despite opposition from local residents, mostly farmers and fishers who fear pollution will destroy their livelihoods and way of life. Despite the fate of the critically endangered Taiwan Humpback Dolphins hanging in the balance. Despite the devastating impact this will have on the natural environment, the EPA has once again come out in favour of short-term unsustainable heavy industry.
See today's Taipei Times for the story.
Leave Taiwan's future a clean Chuoshui River
Stop the CTSP Erlin Science Park; Protect Farmers, Fishermen and the Taiwan Humpback Dolphins.
Update: Stop the CTSP Erlin Science Park - Protect Farmers, Fishers and the Taiwan Humpback Dolphins.
Taiwan Humpback Dolphin Extinction Guaranteed by Ma and Wu’s Cat in the Hat Economics?
The saga of the CTSP Erlin Science Park and the Kuokuang Petrochemical Project
All three effluent discharge proposals for Central Taiwan Science Park development will lead to pollution of humpback dolphin habitat
More protests at the EPA against the CTSP Erlin Science Park
Taiwan's Humpback Dolphins face extinction
EPA responds to local fisherman's Erlin criticisms