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Taitung resort project gets conditional EIA approval

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taitung County's Miramar Development Project (美麗灣開發案) passed its environmental impact assessment (EIA) with conditions, the Taitung County Government announced yesterday.

According to the EIA committee, the conditions include reapplying for a construction permit, preventing all possible environmental pollution, and developing a pollution monitoring system.

A local report stated that eight committee members attended the seventh EIA committee and Taitung's Environmental Protection Bureau Director Huang Ming-en (黃明恩) was listed as the host.

Environmentalists who opposed the project were disappointed by the decision and said they plan to file an appeal with the court to ask it to reject the EIA's results.

The meeting in Taitung drew around 200 people from groups that support and oppose the project, with the groups divided by a street and the 300 police officers at the scene to maintain the order.

However, physical contact was limited between the crowds and the police, with just a few attempting to enter the building where the committee was convened.

During the EIA committee, representatives from both the supporting and opposing groups were invited to make their case.

The representative supporting the project asked EIA committee members to pass the project for the job opportunities it could create for local residents, while the representative who opposed the project claimed that the EIA was against the law.

Committee members asked Miramar Resort representatives questions related to pollution, typhoons and tsunamis, and business representatives promised to take on each of the issues with the utmost sincerity.

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This photo shows a crowd of supporters of Taitung County's Miramar Resort Development project (美麗灣開發案), bottom, as well as a group of protesters against the resort, top, outside the environmental impact assessment (EIA) committee meeting in Taitung, yesterday. The development project passed the EIA with conditions at the seventh EIA committee. (CNA)

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