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Councilor calls for China Steel to give back more to Kaohsiung

Councilor calls for China Steel to give back more to Kaohsiung

Partially state-owned China Steel Corp. should give back more money to Kaohsiung citizens, given that its gas emissions might be detrimental to their health, a city councilor urged Wednesday.
Lin Kuo-cheng of the ruling Kuomintang said the Kaohsiung-based company has produced a great deal of gas, but its contributions to Kaohsiung is far lower than its contributions to Taipei City in the north of the country.
Lin noted that the average life span of Kaohsiung residents was 3.86 years less than their Taipei counterparts in 2006. Kaohsiung's mentally ill patients in 2006 totaled 5,107, four times that of the 1,022 registered in 2005.
"Even the number of cancer patients in Kaohsiung City is higher than that in Taipei City," he sad, questioning if the high ratio of liver, rectal and bladder cancer in Kaohsiung is related to China Steel's emissions.
In response, Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu said she "will rigorously monitor the environmental pollution caused by China Steel and will take effective administrative measures to safeguard the interests of Kaohsiung."
Lin pointed out that China Steel registered a surplus of NT$51.2 billion in 2007 but put back only NT$35 million (US$114,750) into the city, as well as paying NT$380 million in local taxes.
He pointed out that China Steel contributed a total of NT$3.53 billion to Taipei City, but contributed only NT$1.93 billion to Kaohsiung City.
Lin noted that the Environmental Protection Administration, in its recent screening of an expansion plan for Dragon Steel Corp., a China Steel's subsidiary company, told the company to pay NT$1.5 billion for its high emissions of 11 million tons of carbon dioxide a year.
But the carbon dioxide emissions of China Steel amounted to 21.78 million tons a year, so the company should pay NT$3 billion to the city.
He also pointed out that the dioxins emitted by China Steel in 2007 accounted for an astonishing 42 percent of the nation's total dioxin emissions and a whopping 93 percent of the city's dioxin emissions.
Noting that China Steel will convene a meeting of its board of directors June 19 in which incumbent Chairman Lin Wen-yen will resign, Lin Kuo-cheng asked that his successor should be someone with an environmental protection background, given that the company has caused such enormous environmental pollution in the city.


Updated : 2021-05-10 06:48 GMT+08:00