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6. How have environmental problems in this setting been reported by media, environmental groups, companies and government agencies?

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:41pm

Brother Lin and Miss Wu are often interviewed (by PTS- Our Island, PTS Talk) and work with researchers

Different documentary films and news series about the region

Visits by Diane Wilson, connections to Louisiana and Texas


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4. Who are stakeholders, what are their characteristics, and what are their perceptions of the problems?

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:38pm

Formosa Plastics: often compare dto authoritarian regimes, covering up problems, paying researchers, not compensating workers, punishing workers for speaking up.

Council members: some not focusing on the real issues; contracts with Formosa




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3. What intersecting factors -- social, cultural, political, technological, ecological -- contribute to environmental health vulnerability and injustice in this setting?

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:36pm


Dependency on Formosa (80-90% of the local economy) to provide basic political and social infrastructure to support community fabric (County Admin office, school, hospital without good reputation, sport’s center, cultural center, small market -- what else?)

No alternative jobs to working in the plant, young people moving away to Taipei or Kaohsiung

No awareness of the “local culture” and subjectivity outside of Formosa (according to local cultural figures)

Everybody works at formosa or has family members there -- difficult to criticize

No independent data, a lot of paid researchers competing for hegemony of research findings (e.g. marine sciences, studies of oysters and clams degradation) 

System of contract workers that creates hierarchies between workers

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2. What environmental health threats (from explosions, everyday pollution, climate change, etc ) are there in this setting?

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:30pm
  • Explosions in 2010, 2019, July and October 2020 (faulty pipelines)
  • Release of plastic pellets 
  • Dumping of lead paint at the Naphtha cracker -- environmental cockroaches
  • Routine air pollution (but shifting with seasons and weather patterns, even the height of the chimneys. Different areas are affected differently -- and people recognize it)
  • Pollution of the seafood and other livestock (pigs, cows)
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1. What is the setting of this case? What are its assets?

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 10:28pm

Yunlin County Neritic Zone Aquaculture Association 雲林縣淺海養殖協會

Mai Zai Lai Independent Bookstore and Cafe, Mailiao 麥仔簝獨立書店、麥仔簝文化協會, Yanling 2016

Qiaotou Elementary School Xucuo Branch (next to 6th Naphtha Cracking Complex) 橋頭國小許厝分校

Kongfan Temple 拱範宮

Mailiao Office of the Yunlin Environmental Protection Bureau 環保署中區環境事故專業技術小組(雲林縣環保局麥寮辦公室

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