FPG understate storage figures at Yunlin complex
CNATAIPEI -- There are more than twice the number of storage tanks in Formosa Plastics Group's (FPG's) sprawling petrochemical complex in Yunlin County as reported, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Tuesday.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
Aerial images were taken during flights since May of last year using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) over the No. 6 Naphtha Cracking Complex in Mailiao Township. UAVs were used to monitor whether FPG was meeting its environmental protection promises.
The pictures show 3,129 tanks storing petrochemical products around the 2,603-hectare complex, which houses an oil refinery, several naphtha cracking plants and other facilities.
That number was more than twice as many as listed in a report on the project's environmental impact that FPG submitted to the EPA before the project began in 1991, according to Chen Hsien-heng, head of the EPA team responsible for the monitoring mission.
Chen said his administration has demanded that the group present a report detailing the contents of the tanks and the impact the tanks might have on the environment and industrial safety.