Thursday, October 14, 2010

Photos of the Nan Ya Plastics Corp fire

Local residents gather to watch the Nan Ya Plastics Corp fire. No police or emergency management officials seem to be present to ensure the health and safety of residents and onlookers in this area. We would be interested to hear if this was indeed the situation.

On Sunday October 3rd, Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) affiliate, Nan Ya Plastics Corp, had a fire break out at their Chiayi Second Plant in Taibao City in Chiayi County. The blaze started at about 8:30am and raged for 17 hours before firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze. The plant produces a waterproof synthetic paper known as white pearl, or PEPA. No casualties were reported.

Two fires at the group’s petrochemical complex in Mailiao Township in neighbouring Yunlin County in July caused national outrage and provoked demonstrations. The October 3rd fire coupled with the two at the FPG Plant in Mailiao in July serve to highlight the groups ongoing horrendous environmental track record. FPG were the 2009 winners of the infamous Black Planet Award for their shocking disregard for the environment.

View of the Nan Ya Plastics Corp fire from the local cemetery. Photographing petrochemical fires from a cemetery must have a very sad feel about it.

The Nan Ya Plastics Corp fire from across the surrounding rice fields. Would you want to eat rice grown in these fields? Even without the fire I wouldn't. I wonder where this rice lands up?

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