The upgrades were real and happened about 6 years ago. As for the smell of smoke, well, that’s not the way incinerators work. They burn within the chimney and the ash is collected and buried. Dioxins can and do get released but these are not smokestacks with open flues.
The smoke you are smelling is likely comign from the other side of the university on the south side of the river. There are numerous farms along here and the idiot farmers are always burning their garbage and grasses. You can smell the smoke kilometres away.
I am thinking of asking a friend to do a soil sample for me from the university area. That would reveal just how polluted the area is in general. If there are massive amounts of dioxin in the air then it would be in the soil too.
Interestingly, the government tried to test people in Muzha’s blood for dioxin levels about 6 years ago when news came out that the incinerators were letting off more dioxins than accpetable. Oddly they couldn’t get enough people to cooperate. And no I don’t think that they were scared of the results and buried the info. Nothing in taiwan’s recent history suggest such a thing is likely.
I just don’t think the levels could be so high and dangerous and no one knows about it except at a whispering level. Look at last week’s news about high levels of mercury in people’s blood. Why release such info, and tell people to avoid fish, and keep other forms of pollution secret?
If Taipei’s cancer rates were through the roof I could beleive this. But they aren’t. Where they have risen there is a direct correlation to lifestyle choices such as drinking or chewing betelnut.