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Central, local gov't spar over ASE case

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Environmental Protection Administration Minister Stephen Shen (沈世宏) yesterday requested that Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) provide a more detailed explanation of the scandal involving illegal disposal of wastewater by Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE, 日月光).

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday disclosed records of inspections and punishments at ASE's factories in Kaohsiung at the Legislative Yuan, and highlighted some critical issues in the case.

Shen said that though the Kaohsiung City Government claimed on Dec. 12 that ASE had been using concealed and unregistered pipes to dump wastewater illegally, official documents stated otherwise.

“ASE filed an application with the Export Processing Zone on April 12, 2010, requesting permission to divert all wastewater from the K5 and K7 plants into a drainage zone leading to the ocean, during a period of maintenance on factory pipes that divert wastewater into rivers,” said Shen.

“All those applications were also transferred to Kaohsiung City's Environmental Protection Bureau, and the bureau issued an official document requesting that ASE and the Export Processing Zone handle this manner in accordance with regulations,” said Shen. “And judging from these documents, it is clear that Kaohsiung City already knew that ASE has pipes connected to a wastewater system that leads to the ocean.”

“The bureau not only knew about the pipes installed to dispose wastewater into the ocean but also allowed ASE to do it,” said Shen. “These documents conflict claims made by the Kaohsiung City Government's on Dec. 12 that ASE's pipes were concealed and unregistered.”

“I believe that Chen will have to give the public a clear explanation of the changes that the Kaohsiung City Government made,” said Shen.

Kaohsiung Deputy Mayor Lee Yung-de (李永得) said that yesterday was the last day given to ASE to fully explain details of the wastewater case, so the Kaohsiung City Government hopes that all officials can wait until ASE fully explains the case before commenting on it.

Lee also said that though the its attitude in pursuing the ASE case was aggressive after the incident first broke, the EPA's efforts since then have noticeably slackened.

1 Comment
December 20, 2013    kingsolomon@
It is impossible that Kaohsiung government did not know about these illegal activities, and if they claim they did not know what is happening in their own yard, then they should be booted out of their job. This is a criminal act and the people, the environment, and the economy is greatly affected.
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Two personnel from Advanced Semiconductor Engineering Inc. (ASE, 日月光) turn in a representation letter to Kaohsiung City's Environmental Protection Bureau, yesterday. (CNA)

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