Taiwan Cement sued over waste

Taiwan Cement sued over waste
Published: 09 April 2004

Environmentalists yesterday sued Taiwan Cement Corp for illegally discharging waste oil in Hualien, while urging the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to release a report on soil samples taken at the company’s factory. Before handing in their evidence to the Taipei District Prosecutors’ Office, environmentalists and sympathetic lawmakers condemned what they called the EPA’s lax management of hazardous industrial waste. Chung Pao-chu , head of the Taiwan Environmental Protection Union’s Hualien chapter, said that prosecutors in Hualien inspected Taiwan Cement’s factory on Feb 19. The prosecutors were said to have discovered that bomb shelters built during the Japanese occupation prior to 1945 were full of oily sludge. Prosecutors suspected that the company had illegally discharged waste into the shelters at some time in the last three or four years.  Management attributed the action to some former employees.