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Taoyuan shuts down Ruentex plant over pollution

Taoyuan shuts down Ruentex plant over pollution

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taoyuan City ordered Ruentex Industries Ltd. to shut down its No.2 factory temporarily and to pay a fine over the release of purple water into a nearby creek.
The city’s environmental affairs department found that the plant in the district of Yangmei released acidic water with a purple color into the nearby Tesheng Creek and unfiltered black smoke into the air. As a result, it ordered the factory to stop operations and the company to pay a fine of NT$380,000 (US$12,300).
If another violation occurred, legal action would be undertaken against Ruentex, officials said. Tuesday’s decision followed a similar violation when untreated water ended in a river last April, which led to a fine of NT$210,000 (US$6,800).
The company’s behavior clearly exceeded the limits set by its license, officials said. The factory is involved in the dyeing of textiles.
In order to prevent new violations, the environmental authorities were reportedly planning to set up an observation system to monitor whether the company was still dumping polluted water into the creek.
The city government’s environmental department condemned Ruentex’s behavior, saying it flouted the company’s own image as well as the local environment. It would be a possibility to apply with the central government’s Environmental Protection Administration to scrap its license, which would shut down the factory for five years, reports said.


Updated : 2021-09-23 18:48 GMT+08:00