Yun­lin res­i­dents file suit against chem­i­cal plants

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A law firm rep­re­sent­ing 74 res­i­dents in Yun­lin County filed a class ac­tion on Thurs­day against five com­pa­nies op­er­at­ing in the Formosa Plas­tics Group’s (FPG) sixth naph­tha cracker com­plex and de­manded com­pen­sa­tion of NT$70.17 mil­lion (around US$2.18 mil­lion).

At a press con­fer­ence Fri­day, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal res­i­dents fil­ing the suit ac­cused the com­plex, which has an an­nual out­put value of NT$1.66 tril­lion, of mak­ing prof­its by sac­ri­fic­ing the health of res­i­dents in neigh­bor­ing ar­eas.

They con­tended that the fa­cil­ity poses a ma­jor health risk, with fam­i­lies in the area get­ting can­cer at an ab­nor­mally high rate com­pared with the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion since the com­plex opened.

The five com­pa­nies tar­geted in the com­plaint have also been sanc­tioned re­peat­edly for en­vi­ron­men­tal pol­lu­tion vi­o­la­tions, run­ning up fines of NT$300 mil­lion in re­cent years, the rep­re­sen­ta­tives said.

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