ASE Chairman says sorry over pollution
By Joy Lee ,The China Post
December 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE, 日月光) Chairman Jason Chang (張虔生) yesterday apologized over the recent wastewater scandal, in which his firm was identified as the main perpetrator, and promised to invest at least NT$100 million each year in environmental protection over 30 years.
Chang held a press conference yesterday to answer recent accusations that ASE's K7 factory had illegally discharged toxic wastewater into the nearby Hou-chin River through concealed and unregistered pipes.
Chang expressed his sorrow over the wastewater dumping scandal but claimed that it was only a single, isolated accident.
“ASE would not exist without Kaohsiung City and Taiwan, so the company would never intentionally dispose of wastewater or install concealed pipes,” said Chang.
“The firm will not shy away from its responsibility or give cover for employees who might be involved in the scandal,” said Chang. “ASE will not only cooperate with investigators but also launch more serious inspections on similar incidents.”
According to Chang, ASE will invite domestic and international environmental organizations to conduct strict inspections while the company focuses on reaching the highest standards for wastewater processing.
“Hou-chin River is Kaohsiung City's mother, so ASE is willing to work with the government on any actions aimed at protecting the river,” said Chang. “Kaohsiung City means a lot to ASE because it is where the company started.”
Chang said that ASE will focus on investing in environmental protection and will start by spending NT$100 million each year over the next 30 years.
According to Chang, ASE does not have any concealed pipes that lead to the ocean. The company only installed pipes that lead to the rivers, Chang said, and uses those pipes to dispose of wastewater.