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POLLUTED WATER ILLEGALLY DISCHARGED INTO KAOHSIUNG PORT |高雄港74碼頭遭偷排 一片墨黑又腥臭

Good Morning Taiwan
2017-07-17
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Polluted water turned half of a harbor at the Port of Kaohsiung an inky black yesterday afternoon. Kaohsiung's Environmental Protection Bureau says it is investigating a nearby cold storage plant for its role in the pollution.

As the waters near Wharf No. 74 of the Port of Kaohsiung turned black Sunday afternoon, a pungent odor also overwhelmed the area.

==KAOHSIUNG PORT DOCKWORKER==
It's a terrible smell. We have to wear facial masks, otherwise you wouldn't even be able to eat after smelling it.

==KAOHSIUNG PORT DOCKWORKER==
Sometimes it happens in the day, sometimes at night. It's even happened at three--three in the morning.

The black water comes from the sewer drain by the dock. It has turned nearly half of the water in the harbor black and smells strongly of rotting seafood. Many people refuse to leave their ship cabins or houses. More experienced dockworkers have observed that the polluted water usually appears during high tide. The Kaohsiung Port Company said that similar pollution events have been going on since 1997.

==CHANG HSIEN-CHANG Labor Safety Dept. Chief, Kaohsiung Port Company==
Right now where we're standing, it does indeed smell foul. The odor affects worker safety. We have investigated this for years, but nothing could be done.

The Port Company suspects that the polluted water comes from a seafood cold storage plant nearby. However, the chemical contents of the water and effect on human health remains unknown. Kaohsiung's Environmental Protection Bureau has received many reports of the pollution, but it said that the water comes from sewer drainage and is difficult to trace.

==TSAI MENG-YU Director, Kaohsiung City Environmental Protection Bureau==
The network of sewers is complex, and there are many channels that we need to trace to identify the source. We will work with other agencies for a joint inspection.

The Environmental Protection Bureau said that it will meet with the port company and sewer authorities to trace the source of the pollution using map data. The port company also called on Kaohsiung City to connect the sewer to a wastewater treatment plant instead of allowing it to drain into the harbor.

Translated by JOHN CHEN

高雄港是台灣最重要的商港,但在74碼頭的雨水箱涵,卻時常排出帶有魚腥味的汙水,今天下午,汙水更把碼頭半個水域染成墨黑色,連高雄港務公司都抱怨,已經受害超過廿年,碼頭作業人員常被臭得不敢走出室外。高雄市環保局則表示,懷疑是附近冷凍工廠偷排,正設法追查。

下午空檔,領港船回到高雄港74號碼頭停靠,但碼頭內的海水,卻像墨水一樣黑,所有引水人都知道,整個碼頭又發臭了。

==高雄港引水人==
聞起來很難過 口罩都要戴著
不然聞起來 連吃飯都沒辦法在那邊吃
==高雄港引水人==
有時候白天 有時候晚上
都不一定
有時候三點多也在排
晚上三點多 凌晨啊

黑水就來旁邊的雨水箱涵,幾乎把碼頭內半片水域都染黑,發出類似大量海鮮臭掉的味道,很多人乾脆躲在船內或屋內不出來。年資較久的引水人觀察,黑水大都是利用滿潮時間排放,高雄港務公司也說,從民國86年,就一直被汙染困擾。

==高雄港務公司勞安處長 張憲章==
像我們現在站這裡
的確味道很難聞
也影響到這邊一些人員的健康
但是我們來這種追查多年
一直都沒辦法做處理

港務公司懷疑是附近海鮮冷凍工廠偷排汙水,但有無其它化學成分,臭味會不會影響人體健康,都待釐清。環保局多次接獲檢舉,坦承汙水來自下水道箱涵,不易追查。

==聲音來源 高雄市環保局長 蔡孟裕==
下水道的整個水路比較複雜
一條一條水道 然後去了解就是說
它的源頭是在哪裡
所以這部分我們後面
會再聯合各單位會勘


環保局強調下週就要會同港務、水下道等單位,比對圖資追查,港務公司也希望請市府協助,把下水道接管到汙水處理廠,別再直接排入高雄港。

記者 王介村 孟昭權 高雄報導