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Environmental minister opposed to scrap metal imports

Environmental minister opposed to scrap metal imports
Environmental Protection Minister Lee Ying-yuan said Monday that he is opposed to imports of scrap metal, from the perspectives of industry policies, environmental protection, and the development of an innovative economy.

Lee said at a gathering with reporters that he has found that many dismantled ship remains and scrap metal are submerged in the Erren River, which runs through the greater Kaohsiung and Tainan areas in southern Taiwan.

It has been estimated that the money to be made from importing scrap metal is about NT$1.95 billion (US$59.68 million), while the cost of cleaning up the river is about NT$2 billion, Lee said, adding that he was therefore opposed to importing scrap metal at the expense of the environment.

He said that the era of importing scrap metal has passed and that there is no need for Taiwan to rely on recycling scrap metal to create jobs as it did 20 years ago.