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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Sea as a Man

The amount of solid waste produced in the Taiwan area has increased significantly due to the island’s rapid industrial and economic development. According to the EPA, the amount of household garbage produced in Taiwan on average increased from 0.770 kilograms per person daily in 1986 to 0.895 kilograms in 2001.
The Kaoping River, one of the main sources of drinking water in southern Taiwan, was seriously polluted by the illegal dumping of toxic chemical solvents last July. Truck drivers hired by the waste handler Shengli discharged more than 100 tons of chemical solvents, including xylene, into the river.
The illegal dumping caused serious water pollution, leaving millions of residents without tap water for days.

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