Taixi Village, Dacheng Township, Changhua County, Taiwan
The Sixth Naphtha Cracker Complex of Formosa Plastics Corp (FPC) is about 5 kilometers away from Taixi Village. In the slow summer, the wind blows from the south to the north. The air pollution and harmful substances of the industry drift with the wind. The first to bear the brunt is Taixi Village, Changhua County, which is not a competent authority of the complex.
Residents of Taixi Village have higher levels of heavy metals in their urine than that of neighboring towns and villages. At the same time, the cancer rate among residents is as high as 1 in 12.
The government has set up air quality monitoring stations to understand heavy metal emissions, air pollution and chemical odors. It is also sampling crops on agricultural land. Despite these efforts, no changes have been made. Residents are getting more and more disappointed.
A large amount of water from Jhuoshuei River has been pumped away by the Sixth Naphtha Cracker Complex of Formosa Plastics Corp, the river is dry and dust is severe.