CPC fined millions over industrial waste disposal
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Environmental Protection Bureau of the Kaohsiung City Government yesterday resolved to impose a fine of NT$15.77 million on the Kaohsiung oil refinery of the state-run CPC Corp. Taiwan for successive illegal discharge of industrial wastes conducted between 2009 and 2011, according to bureau officials.
February 22, 2013, 12:25 am TWN
The Bureau originally decided to levy a fine of up to NT$26.3 million on the CPC for as many as 55 illegal disposals of waste water, sludge and ashes generated at its oil refinery in the southern city during the 2009-2011 period.
But the CPC appealed to the Cabinet-level Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) against the punitive decision, and the EPA later asked the Kaoshiung bureau to reconsider its decision.
In response, the bureau insisted on imposing heavy fines on the CPC, on grounds that the state-run oil refiner has knowingly and repeatedly violated the Industrial Wastes Prevention Act, regardless of complaints from residents around the refinery.
But after deducting the “one violation, two punishments” cases, the bureau still resolved to levy NT$15.77 million on the CPC, according to bureau officials.