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.