Thursday, October 8, 2009

Petition letter: Stop the CTSP Erlin Science Park - Protect Farmers, Fishers and the Taiwan Humpback Dolphins.

An appeal to send a letter of petition to the Taiwan authorities against the expansion of the CTSP Erlin Science Park in Changhua County, central-west Taiwan. This pollution generated from this development threaten local farmers and fishers and also the coastal environment which is home to the critically endangered Taiwan Humpback Dolphins. Our colleagues at the Taiwan Environmental Action Network (TEAN) have drafted a petition letter. Please copy and sign it and e-mail it to:
info.tean @


October 6, 2009

Taiwan Legislature,
Environmental Protection Administration (EPA),
National Science Council,
Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP).
Re: Stop the 4th stage of expansion of Central Taiwan Science Park in Erlin

The Honorable members of the Taiwan Legislature,
Environmental Protection Administration (EPA),
National Science Council,
Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP),

The CTSP has set up three sites in the central Taiwan since September, 2002 and is now proposing the 4th stage of its expansion in Erlin, Changhua County, Taiwan. Up to date, the CTSP has acquired 1,890 acres of land in the other three sites and is proposing to acquire 1,569 acres (635 hectares) for the Erlin site, which includes 741 acres (300 hectares) to satisfy the need of AU Optronics, a mass production TFT-LCD manufacturer. The health and social impacts associated with the expansion far outweigh any possible benefit and will destroy the livelihood of the local farmers, oyster fishers and dairy farmers.

The Erlin Science Park project will:

- Demand 160,000 tons of clean water per day from Changhua area, where the underground aquifers in the vicinity are currently the main water supply for drinking and irrigation.

- Inevitably destroy the oyster farms along the coast because of the 160,000 tons of wastewater discharged from the science park everyday.

- Significantly and unavoidably increase local air and water pollution;

- Create real potential for contamination from 1,093 tons of volatile organic compounds per year and numerous kinds of hazardous chemicals;

- Inevitably pollute the habitat of fewer than 100 remaining Taiwan Humpback Dolphins or Taiwan White Dolphins ( Sousa chinensis ) Along the coastal waters of Changhua County and hasten the extinction of this unique population, which was designated critically endangered by the IUCN in August 2008.

- Seriously violate the rights of the local farmers by confiscating and / or contaminating their land;

- Seriously violate the right to safe drinking water for the local residents.

Over the years, the high-tech industry in Taiwan has thrived under the protective wings of the government. At the same time, IT corporations have failed to internalize the environmental costs of their production; they have again and again evaded the pollution costs they have imposed onto the local environment and communities. Furthermore, the high-tech industry has cloaked its deception through "compliance" with local environmental regulations, which are already outdated. There is currently no written law that adequately regulates high-tech pollution in Taiwan. As a result, the health risks on the local people and environment have been witnessed over and over again.

Before the CTSP precedes its ongoing expansion, we call on the Taiwan Legislature, National Science Council and EPA to address the following issues:

- To stop the CTSP Erlin Science Park project as it is proposed;

- To revise the Information Disclosure Act to address the issue of governmental and corporate transparency regarding pollution and toxins released into our environment;

- To modify the Regulation on the Management of Hazardous Substances with the spirit of REACH, particularly the emphasis on corporations' responsibility;

- To amend the standards on wastewater, air pollutants, and waste according to the characteristics of the high-tech industry.


(Your Name)
(Your Organization, if applicable)


Also see:
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?

Black Friday for Erlin - The EPA once again strikes a blow against the environment

The saga of the CTSP Erlin Science Park and the Kuokuang Petrochemical Project

Taiwan's Humpback Dolphins face extinction

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