CPC touts plant utilization rate

State-run CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC) yesterday said that it has achieved a cold energy utilization rate of 63.5 percent at its Taichung liquefied natural gas (LNG) complex, and would continue exploring business opportunities with firms interested in using the clean energy to further boost utilization.

The LNG utilization rate has exceeded the minimum requirement, 48 percent, stipulated by the environmental impact assessment (EIA) committee last year, plant director Liou Jiuun-chang (劉俊昌) said while briefing committee members at the Environmental Protection Administration yesterday.

Protesters criticize MOEA on coal-fired power plants

A coalition of environmental protection groups yesterday rallied outside the Construction and Planning Agency (CPA) in Taipei, demanding that the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) revise a plan to expand the nation’s petrochemical industry and expand coal-fired power plants.

The protestors said that the expansions of power plants were proposed arbitrarily and without assessing potential health risks.

Taiwan: Academics urge ministry control in Miramar dispute

Lawyers and academics yesterday urged the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to intervene in the controversial Miramar Resort Hotel project, as the local government has failed to carry out a court ruling ordering that all construction be halted.

The build-operate-transfer (BOT) beachfront hotel project by the Miramar Group and Taitung County Government at Shanyuan Bay (began construction of the main buildings on the 0.997-hectare land in 2005, circumventing the requirement for an environmental impact assessment (EIA) for land measuring more than 1 hectare.

Taiwan: Groups protest against sacrifice of environmental impact system

Environmental protection organizations protested the government's perceived sacrifice of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) system in favor of investors at a press conference in front of the Executive Yuan yesterday.

The Green Party Taiwan (GPT), one of the participating organizations, said “inappropriate industrial policies are the main issue causing the downfall of the economy. Instead, the government intends to lower the standards of environmental protection to attract foreign capital to invest in Taiwanese businesses.”

Taiwan: Activists urge review of science parks’ water use

The first ad hoc environmental impact assessment (EIA) meeting on changes made to the fourth-phase expansion project of the Central Taiwan Science Park (CTSP) to make precision machinery its core industry, was held yesterday, but environmentalists urged the government to redo EIAs for all science parks’ water usage in Taiwan instead of proceeding the project.