Altercation Erupts Between Residents and Dump Truck Drivers 苗栗坤輿掩埋場重機具進場 自救會阻擋

Miaoli County recently allowed an industrial landfill to continue trial operations. A local self-help association tried to block the trucks.


Residents try to block the excavator and other heavy equipment with their bodies. On the 28th, another altercation erupted between Pacific Ecology employees and members of the anti-landfill association, with the head of the association ending up on the ground.

Chen Ching-hsin, President, Anti-Pacific Ecology Waste Landfill Self-Help Association: “Residents were blocking Pacific Ecology's dump trucks from driving in and we were forcibly removed. We couldn't do anything to stop them from dumping five truckloads of waste there.”

The company's application to operate a landfill in Longsheng Village was approved by the county government despite the misgivings of local residents. When the county announced it was revoking the company's license in March, Pacific Ecology appealed. In September, the central Environmental Protection Administration overturned the county's decision. On Dec. 24, the county's Environmental Protection Bureau announced a 33-day trial period starting on the 27th, during which Pacific Ecology could process 2,851 tons of waste. The local self-help association was on hand when waste trucks arrived at the landfill on the 28th.
 

Shen Feng-tai, Deputy Director, Environmental Protection Bureau, Miaoli County: “Our decision was overturned, so we had to allow trial operations to resume starting (Dec. 27). During this period, they can dump approved industrial waste from designated sources.”

Police were sent to the site to maintain order, but members of the self-help association were injured and had to be sent to the hospital. Pacific Ecology did not comment.

 

 

 

怪手進場,民眾跳進挖斗阻擋,還有人以肉身阻擋大型機具,坤輿公司人員和反坤輿事業廢棄物掩埋場自救會民眾,28日上午爆發激烈衝突,自救會會長陳清鑫一度被人架住摔倒在地。

反坤輿事業廢棄物掩埋場自救會長陳清鑫表示:「坤輿公司突襲,載廢棄物的卡車來,鄉親要阻擋的時候就被架走,實在沒有辦法,給他5台載廢棄物的車子進去倒。」

坤輿公司在苗栗造橋龍昇村申請設置事業廢棄物掩埋場,遭當地居民強烈反對,縣府3月宣布中止坤輿試運轉計畫。坤輿公司不服向環保署提出訴願,9月底環保署宣布退回苗栗縣府「終止坤輿試營運」的行政處分。12月24日環保局宣布同意坤輿試運轉計畫變更申請,從27日起33天,可處理2851公噸廢棄物。28日重機具進場,不料與自救會成員爆發衝突。

苗栗縣環保局副局長沈鳳臺說明:「訴願駁回,所以我們這一次把試運轉做一個恢復,恢復的時間是落在這個禮拜一,他在這段時間裡面都可以去載運廢棄物,但是這個事業廢棄物必須是要在核准的公文上面的產源,指定的產源跟指定的清除機構才可以進場。」

警方到現場維持秩序,坤輿公司對外低調不願說明,自救會成員則有民眾受傷送醫,雙方沒有交集,也對掩埋場爭議埋下變數。

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