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Minister demands action over CPC leaks in Penghu

2018/07/19 21:38:33

Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) / CNA file photo

Taipei, July 19 (CNA) Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin (沈榮津) demanded action Thursday from CPC Corp. over recent reports of leaks from an oil storage tank at its oil depot in the outlying county of Penghu.

Shen said CPC had been instructed to submit a review on the leak within a week and name disciplined officials. The company was also asked to review operational processes and introduce intelligent measurement control systems, to replace the manual measurement of oil.

The oil leak at the depot in Penghu occurred in mid-2017, but the depot director and manager did not report the matter. Officials at the CPC head office said they were unaware of the leak until May this year.

The Environmental Protection Administration found the total amount of petroleum hydrocarbon in groundwater near the area to be 3.3 times above the acceptable threshold.

Meanwhile, the CPC will be slapped with a fine of NT$6 million (US$196,600) for concealing the oil leak, under the Water Pollution Control Act.

To rectify the mistake, CPC said the deadline for pollution remediation work will be pushed up to 2019, one year ahead of its plan.

(By Liao Yu-yang and CNA intern Wang Szu-chi)
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