Tuesday, December 1, 2009

EPA responds to local fisherman's Erlin criticisms

Today's Taipei Times has an article titled EPA responds to local fisherman's Erlin criticisms. The Environmental Protection Administration claims it is trying to address fears that pollution from the Erlin Science Park will contaminate farmers fields and destroy the livelihood of local fishers. While the EPA cites all sorts of reasons why they allowed the project to go ahead, one can't help wondering if they are confusing the role of environmental protection with that of the development administrations. According to the article, the EPA said that it was "currently undertaking studies to determine if waste water could be reused by nearby industry or released in a manner that minimized the impact on nearby fishermen." If the solutions to these issues are still unknown, then how can the EPA honestly justify their decision to give Erlin the green light. This just another very sad example of Taiwan's EPA being nothing but a rubber stamp administration.

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

All three effluent discharge proposals for Central Taiwan Science Park development will lead to pollution of humpback dolphin habitat

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

Taiwan's Humpback Dolphins face extinction