Yunlin County to continue controlling use of polluting fuels

The Yunlin County government pledged Friday to continue to control the use of bituminous coal and petroleum coke, in response to a call by environmentalists for the county to ban such highly polluting fuels.

In May 2015, the county government passed regulations to ban factories from using bituminous coal and petroleum coke. The regulations, however, were declared invalid by the Environmental Protection Administration in September that same year.

A group of environmentalists staged a protest in front of the county government headquarters Friday demanding renewed efforts to pass similar regulations.

In response, the county government said in a statement that it has never relaxed its control on the use of bituminous coal and petroleum coke, even though the regulations were declared invalid.

For example, it said, the county on Oct. 6 implemented Taiwan's strictest standards on pollutants released by power generation facilities, in the hope of reducing emissions of pollutants.

The county has also shortened the licensed duration for bituminous coal use from five years to two years.

In the first six months of this year, the use of bituminous coal has decreased by 436,974 tons compared with the same period of last year, the county government said.

Since 2008, the county has cut the use of heavy fuel oil by 165,000 kiloliters, which has helped reduce carbon emissions by 33,000 tons, it added.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel