Minister Shen from the EPA as much as admits corruption in local government is one of the major failings of the whole system, along with the paltry amounts of fines imposed.
Taiwan gives far too much power to local governments, which have been co-opted by local interests.
chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/nati ... -sorry.htm
taiwannews.com.tw/etn/news_c ... id=2364503
BTW, this 'wastewater' leak contained heavy metals and has been happening on and off for years. The surrounding farmland of 50-900 hectares could be contaminated (they use the same water from factory effluent as for irrigation...unbelievable system), meanwhile people have been eating the food grown there.
You can find factories doing the same in every part of Taiwan, it's a polluted mess.
Legally discharging factory effluent into the same river which irrigates crops... WTF?