Yunlin residents file suit against chemical plants
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.