Government blames insufficient safety inspection for Formosa’s latest fire

The government has blamed insufficient safety inspection for the latest fire at Formosa’s naphtha cracker complex at Mailiao, Yunlin County — the third such accident there in 10 months, as per The China Post. The economics ministry said the government task force formed last September in the wake of the fires at Formosa Plastics' complex at Mailiao, Yunlin County was short of manpower to monitor the safety of operation there. Mailiao's internal industrial safety staff was insufficient, the ministry said, as it made public preliminary findings of an investigation into the nine-hour fire that broke out. The company also failed to adequately manage contractors working at the site, the ministry said. Yunlin's environmental authorities swiftly meted out a fine of NT$1 million each for three of the facilities at the Mailiao complex that violated air pollution regulations, and also suspended one of the facilities from operating.
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