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Environmentalists slam FPG report on sixth naphtha cracker
Dec '12
An health and environmental risk assessment report on the sixth naphtha cracking plant of Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) has invited condemnations from environmentalists who claim that the report has underrated health risks and this can endanger lives of people living in the area, The China Post reported.
In response to the queries about potential health and environmental impacts of the plant on surrounding areas, FPG representatives recently presented a report evaluating health hazards and water consumption at FPG-owned sixth naphtha cracking plant.
Presenting the report during a conference organized by the Environment Protection Administration (EPA), they noted that the plant located in Mailiao Township in Yunlin County, uses around 169 chemicals, 18 of which are carcinogenic.
However, environmentalists asserted that as per the health risk regulations, the evaluation report should also have taken toxins and air pollution into consideration. 
A research undertaken by Director of the International Health Centre, Chan Chang-Chuan this year marks presence of high level of carcinogens in the air in 20 km radius of the plant, local reports say.
A member of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) committee said that a gradual rise has been noted in liver cancer fatality rates in Mailiao post commissioning of the plant there. However, he said that further study needs to be undertaken to establish that the rise in liver cancer cases is due to the plant.
He said that the FPG report evidences no rise in carcinogens in the area, and it is on this ground that they are claiming the report to be deficient.
Environmentalists also claimed that post commissioning of the plant, a reduction has been noted in availability of agricultural water in Changhua and Yunlin Counties. 
Responding to the environmentalists’ assertion, FPG representatives said that the amount of water used in the plant is not higher than the standard regulated by the EIA.

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