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Environment agency turns down proposal for plant expansion

Taiwan Power Company denied approval for reasons of poor air quality and pollution

Environment agency turns down proposal for plant expansion

The controversial Kaohsiung power plant expansion proposal made by the state-run Taiwan Power Company yesterday failed to pass the environmental impact assessment conducted by the Environmental Protection Administration.
Prior to the EPA meeting to discuss the proposal yesterday morning, Kaohsiung City Government, City Council and environmental groups gathered in front of the administration building in Taipei and staged a protest urging the EPA not to pass the proposal. They chanted slogans saying that the planned expansion would largely increase Taiwan's carbon dioxide emissions (by 10.79 million tons per year) and would seriously affect Kaohsiung's air.
"Kaohsiung City's air quality is always the worst in Taiwan. The average CO2 emissions produced by each Kaohsiung City citizen is among the highest in the world. How can the power expansion be approved?" asked Li Ken-cheng, chairman of the Mercy on the Earth, Taiwan.
But the company Sunday issued a statement and claiming, after two years, Taiwan would not have enough electricity if the expansion objectives were not fulfilled.
The company said the five machines of the original power plant, located in Siaokang District in Kaohsiung City, have been in operation for 40 years. In order to improve electricity efficiency, increasing electricity produced, it wishes to replace the old ones with four new coal burning machines.
Kaohsiung City Mayor, Chen Chu (陳菊), said yesterday that she could not accept a project that would increase Kaohsiung's carbon emissions by more than 10 million tons every year.
"The Taiwan Power Company power plant is the main polluter of Kaohsiung's air," said Chen. She did not understand why the company proposed an expansion employing coal burning instead of using some low-carbon dioxide emitters. She asked the central government to safeguard the interests of Kaohsiung's citizens, and come up with consistent policies that echo President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) environmental visions.


Updated : 2020-11-30 09:58 GMT+08:00