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Public hearings on prevention of accidents at Formosa Plastics Corps crackers

June 10/2011

(Taipei Times) -- The legislature held a public hearing to discuss whether laws should be amended to prevent more accidents at Formosa Plastics Corps sixth naphtha cracker in Mailiao Township. There have been a series of fires at the complex in the past year, including two last month.

Starting with a fire on July 7 last year, close to 10 incidents have been reported at the complex, a situation that represents a threat to local residents, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Liu Chien-kuo said.

The incidents at the complex are causing serious environmental pollution and have exposed problems in both the governments industry supervision and the management at the plant.

Yunlin County Commissioner Su Chih-fen said dealing with the frequent accidents at the complex were beyond the ability of local government in terms of financial resources, manpower and authority.

After about three hours of discussion, a consensus was reached on asking Cabinet agencies to submit legal amendments or enforcement and preventative rules before the legislative session resumes in September.

They also demanded that the Ministry of Economic Affairs monitor the plant and present a total pipeline renewal plan and implementation schedule before the next legislative session begins.

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