Two New Taipei firms fined NT$3 million each for releasing pollutants
Mar 27, 2017GeneralComments Off on Two New Taipei firms fined NT$3 million each for releasing pollutants
Taipei--A printing house and a dying company in Zhonghe District of New Taipei were fined NT$3 million (US$995,000) each for illegally discharging highly alkaline waste water into the sewage system, the city's environmental protection officials said Monday.
The officials of the city's Environmental Protection Department said after getting a tip-off last Thursday, inspectors traced the origin of pink waste water in a ditch, which tested p2, to printing business Hualin Co. The company was found to be releasing blue waste water and other pollutants into the sewage system, officials said.
As inspectors were checking Hualin's operations, Hung Yuan Printing and Dying Co., which is located in the same building, suddenly stopped its operations, triggering inspectors' suspicion, said the officials.
After repeated attempts to find "evidence" of Hung Yuan staff's suspected wrongdoing, inspectors determined that water used to clean its machines tested the same as that taken from the ditch, according to the environment officials.
The two companies were ordered to stop releasing waste water and charged with violating the Water Pollution Control Act. They each face a fine of NT$3 million.