Formosa Group sues academician over pollution study

Formosa Plastics Group has filed NT$40 million lawsuit a libel suit against an academician for releasing a study that warned if a major petrochemical project was to be launched in central Taiwan, the average life span of local residents will decrease by 44 days and 393 people will die of related diseases islandwide, as per The sued professor Tsuang Ben-jei, released a report last year saying 66 factories in Taichung and Yunlin County, including the Formosa group's sixth naphtha cracking plant, were found to have been emitting heavy metals and dioxins, a known human carcinogen. A lawyer speaking for the business group said the lawsuit was aimed at "seeking the truth."
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