Chen Chu: culverts in question will never go back
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-05 08:52 PM
Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu said Tuesday evening that culverts in question shall never go back and resume operation. She also stressed that to assure public safety of Kaohsiung citizens and progress of reconstruction work, the owners of culverts located in the blast area are required to clean up the remaining gases or petrochemical substances in culverts. In the future, the owners of all culverts located in Kaohsiung City for industrial use will have to report to the city government to undergo comprehensive reviews and inspections. Culverts fail to meet the safety inspection will be banned from use.

City officials have been blaming LCY Chemical Corp. for failing to notify authorities of problems with a culvert in the area, which is likely to be associated with a deadly underground gas explosion July 31. Chen Chin-der, director of the Environmental Protection Bureau in Kaohsiung, said last week that if the authority was informed earlier by LCY, immediate evacuation would be in place to avoid a disaster that killed 30 people.

The death toll rose to 30 late Tuesday after the family of the two listed as missing agreed to have jurisdictions issue death certificates.

At the same time, LCY Chemicals announced suspension operations for four days between August 6 and 9 as company staffs are set to attend the public funeral for explosion victims and to express their condolences and care. Also, LCY Chemical’s spokesperson Abby Pan stressed that the company’s net worth has reached around NT$22 billion and is capable of paying compensation to victims if found to be responsible for the accident.

LCY’s voluntary four-day suspension of work is expected to cost the company NT$139 million in revenue, according to the media.

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