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THSRC to appeal noise fine

THSRC to appeal noise fine

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation said Saturday it would appeal against an NT$8.33 million (US$264,000) compensation payment for Miaoli County residents who complained about the noise of the trains.
The inhabitants of the Chengpei neighborhood in the town of Tunghsiao protested against the absence of noise barriers on the train track exiting from a tunnel close to their area. Since the start of operations in 2007, the life and health of local citizens had been disturbed by the noise, which caused sleeplessness, depression and even heart problems, reports said.
Local officials said most of the elderly residents found it hard to get to sleep, especially since trains roared by at intervals of only 15 minutes until 11 o’clock at night.
Last month, the central government’s Environmental Protection Administration ruled in their favor and asked THSRC to pay them a total of NT$8.33 million. The compensation would be awarded according to the distance from the rail line, with residents living within 50 meters who could prove damage receiving NT$5,000 (US$158) per month, reports said.
Residents living 100, 150 and 300 meters away would see that amount diminish by NT$1,000 (US$31) respectively, reports said.
THSRC argued that the noise level in the area only reached around 70 decibel, or lower than the 80-decibel level listed in existing legislation. The lower level did not make it necessary to erect noise barriers, according to the company, which disputed the way in which the measurements were made during EPA tests.
THSRC officials said they had filed an appeal with the Miaoli District Court on July 14.


Updated : 2021-09-24 08:01 GMT+08:00