New environmental panel in Taiwan denounced

27-Jul-07
Based on the names of new members appointed to an environmental impact evaluation commission, environmentalists have expressed grave concern about the future of the environmental protection campaign in Taiwan. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) revealed names of the 14 members for a new term. Environmentalist groups have charged that all of the 14 panelists were handpicked by the EPA chief himself and all those representing environmental protection organizations were removed. The name list shows the government's obvious intention to scuttle the environmental protection campaign in favor of business conglomerates and economic development projects. Seven on the environmental impact evaluation commission were retained mainly for their usual backing of the economic and industrial projects in spite of their academic background. The environmentalists are shocked that none of the 14 new panelists, including the seven new members, represents any environmental protection groups or any NGOs (non-governmental organizations).
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