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Yunlin residents demand compensation from Formosa Plastics Group
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2010-08-02 10:48 AM
Yunlin residents Sunday night gathered at Formosa Plastics Group’s (FPG) sixth naphtha cracker to protest over the continual fire accidents, demanding compensation from the company, the local media reported Monday.

FPG’s Mailiao administration unit, in response, said the company would be informed of the requests raised by local inhabitants, saying the FPG was sorry to provoke public insecurity after the fire accidents, the report said.

Mailiao residents brought forth six demands, including the FPG should pay a sum of money equals to what farmers spend in forest plantation; the FPG should pay the entire sum of their health insurance premium; and a justified unit to perform residents’ health insurance assessment and long-term follow-up.

They also demanded that the FPG should help local young people to get a post in the sixth naphtha cracker complex; the FPG should compensate the agricultural and fishing lost as soon as possible; and that the FPG should subsidize half of household electric bills in Mailiao area.

The protest crowd reportedly shouted slogans such as anti-expansion plans of the complex and operation suspension for safety inspection in front of the FPG Mailiao office Sunday night, demanding the company to reply before August 6th or they would continue protest campaign.

Two continual fire accidents occurred at the petrochemical complex in the township of Mailiao in July alone have provoked fierce protests from local residents and environmental protection groups.

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