Scuffle Breaks Out Between Waste Site Operator, Residents 坤輿廢棄物掩埋場重機進駐 與居民對峙

At 3 a.m. on Jan. 17, Pacific Ecology sent a security team and heavy machinery to its waste burial site. A standoff resulted between company personnel and the local self-help association. Police separated the two sides, but no one left.


At 3 a.m. on the 17th, residents of Miaoli's Longsheng Village gathered at Pacific Ecology's waste burial site to stop the company from moving in.


“It is 3 or 4 a.m. right now. Residents are here to stop Pacific Ecology. They are trying to move in in the middle of the night.”Residents stand with their arms raised and their bodies locked. Pacific Ecology's security team tries to remove them from the premises, resulting in many scuffles. Police then form a human wall between the two sides. More Pacific Ecology trucks arrived when day broke, leading to a new standoff.

“Step back. Step back. Step back. Step back.”Police separate the two sides again. The self-help association says Pacific Ecology's trial operating license expires on the 28th and the company won't get its license unless it can verify the operation within the next 10 days. Therefore, truckloads of waste will be arriving at the site in the next few days. 

Chen Chi-chung, President, Save Zaoqiao Association: “They will do anything to get their operating license. To get the license, they have to bury 152 tons (of industrial waste) on two consecutive days. We are expecting seven or eight truckloads (of waste) dumped here these two days. ”

Pacific Ecology says it will be testing the site these few days, and says the entire process will be above board. It says the association is the one that is violating laws.

Wang Ya-chi, Manager, Pacific Ecology Co.: “We completed our trial (plan) in 2005. Environmental impact assessment regulations only apply to projects after 2006. We don't need to perform an EIA, because the older law applies here.”

The company says an older law applies to this project, even if the access route is included in its area calculation. The association says it will do everything in its power to block the company from verifying its trial operations these few days.
 

 

 

 

17日凌晨3點多,大批苗栗造橋龍昇村的村民聚集在坤輿掩埋場的門口,就是不讓大型機具進入。

「現在是凌晨3、4點,鄉親們在這裡對抗坤輿公司,他們在凌晨發動了。」民眾高舉雙手肉身阻擋, 坤輿公司業者也叫來保全人員,雙方爆發多次拉扯,警方在現場圍起人牆, 防止衝突擴大。雙方僵持到17日白天,坤輿公司又有車輛要進入場區,再度爆發另一波的僵持。

「退回!退回!退回!退回!」警方現場隔開雙方避免衝突發生。反坤輿自救會表示這個月28日就是掩埋場的試運轉期限,10天內業者必須先進行驗證試運轉才能真正拿到執照,這幾天將會有大型車輛載送廢棄物來掩埋。

造橋反坤輿自救會總幹事陳祺忠指出:「他們為了要通過試營運計畫,最低底線是他們要有連續2天埋152噸的(事業廢棄物),他們這兩天可能會有7、8台以上的車子需要進入,然後傾倒廢棄物。」

坤輿公司則表示,確實在這幾天必須進行場區測試,但是過程一切合法,反批自救會佔用既有巷道才是違法行為。

坤輿公司業務經理王亞綺說:「要環評的法律是在95年以後,那在94年,我的試運轉(計畫)都已經完成了,那我何來環評之說,我根本就不需要環評,因我是適用舊法。」

坤輿公司強調,申請過程適用舊法,就算將聯外道路納入興辦事業計畫,還是低於兩公頃的規定,但是自救會堅持這幾天也不會讓坤輿進行驗證試運轉,鄉親將會嚴陣以待。
 

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