Taichung Borough Chiefs Protest Air Pollution|台中港區裝卸水泥揚塵 疑空汙主因

公視 02-11 00:00

Taichung's coastal areas have a severe air pollution problem. Environmental groups blame Taichung Power Plant, while local residents say the pollution is caused by companies that handle imported cement and ore at the Port of Taichung because they unload the cargo roughly out in the open and the dust easily becomes airborne. Taiwan International Ports Corp.'s branch at the Port of Taichung says it already asked four companies to handle the cargo without letting it touch the ground to avoid dust since 2017 and it has already completed four sets of sealed loading and unloading machinery. However, the cause of air pollution is to be determined.

Borough chiefs from Taichung's coastal area protest against air pollution outside Taiwan International Ports Corp. on the 11th. They say the pollution is caused by the way imported ore is loaded and unloaded by four companies at the Port of Taichung and the port authority needs to do a better job of managing them.

The air quality in the port area is really terrible. You wake up every morning and your car, furniture, windows and mirrors are covered in a layer of dust.

One borough chief says the severe pollution affects residents' quality of life and many have developed respiratory conditions. One of the four companies says different raw materials are handled in different ways.

(The equipment) opens (the containers). What you are seeing now is the container has already been directly transported to the hold of the ship and it is turned over (to prevent dust).

The company says ore shipments are handled in closed containers to prevent dust from getting airborne and visitors will see two sets of sealed loading and unloading equipment at the port. Port officials say four sets of equipment have been installed and two more will be added in June.

Changes will be made gradually. After June 30 (this year), the use of traditional equipment will no longer be allowed.
The officials also say the equipment is used for dissipative granules and these shipments never touch the ground or create dust. Sealed facilities will also be used in the future and environmental protection agencies will ensure there are no violations.
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