Nov 11, 2018 Business & Finance Comments Off on Environmental groups protest against air pollution in Kaohsiung
Kaohsiung, Nov. 11 (CNA) Environmentalists and civic groups in Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung on Sunday protested for cleaner air in the wake of air pollution caused by coal-fired power generators and factory emissions.
"The 2018 Anti-Air pollution Rally" was organized by a coalition of environmental and health groups, including Southern Taiwan Anti-Air Pollution Alliance and Air Clean Taiwan's Kaohsiung branch.
Protesters marched from Kaohsiung Metro's Central Park station to the city hall at 1:00 p.m. and then later to Sanduo Shopping District, where protesters dispersed after 4:30 p.m.
Huang Yi-ying (???), a deputy general coordinator of Southern Taiwan Anti-Air Pollution Alliance, said he estimated over 100,000 people attended the rally.
Many protesters participated in the demonstration with their family members including children. They chanted slogans saying that they want clean air.
One mother, who was carrying her child, pointed out that her child suffered from hay fever and couldn't eat, drink or sleep when there was air pollution.
Taking issue with Taiwan's newly amended Air Pollution Control Act, the protesters called for the revocation of a clause on a carbon emission offset system that allows companies to register a reduction in emissions at one facility while offsetting their quota elsewhere.
Another issue raised by the protesters was the state-owned CPC Corp., Taiwan's plan to build a petrochemical plant in Kaohsiung through a joint venture with Japanese petrochemical company KH Neochem Co. Ltd.
Chen Chiao-hua (???), Southern Taiwan Anti-Air pollution Alliance general coordinator, said that since entering the fall season, Kaohsiung's air quality has obviously worsened compared to last year.
One of the main reasons for the poor air quality was because the natural gas-fired generators at Talin Power Plant have been idle, while the plant's coal-powered generation units run at full capacity, Chen said.
She also called for China Steel Corp., headquartered in Kaohsiung, to cut back on its emissions, which Chen said would help the city and neighboring Pingtung County improve its air quality.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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