Yunlin students relocated to protect their health

  • Date: 2016-08-30
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan

The  government’s  decision  to  relocate  students  from  Ciaotou  Elementary  School’s  Syucuo  branch  in  Yunlin  County  is  a  precautionary  measure  to  protect  their  health  and  prevent  further  exposure  to  environmental  pollutants,  Executive  Yuan  Spokesperson  Tung  Chen-yuan  said  today.  

The  Executive  Yuan  has  instructed  the  Yunlin  County  Government  to  begin  risk  communications  with  affected  families,  students  and  faculty,  Tung  said.  In  response  to  requests  from  Syucuo  residents,  the  Ministry  of  Health  and  Welfare  and  the  Environmental  Protection  Administration  will  expand  efforts  to  investigate  the  source  of  the  pollution,  monitor  the  environment,  and  conduct  epidemiology  research  on  health  risks  to  sensitive  groups.  The  government  will  stand  with  Syucuo  and  safeguard  the  health  of  its  students  and  residents,  he  assured.

The  relocation  decision  was  based  on  studies  showing  that  Syucuo  branch  students  were  exposed  to  dangerous  levels  of  pollution,  Tung  said.  The  central  government  has  asked  Yunlin  County  to  work  out  a  plan  to  resettle  these  students.

The  spokesperson  also  denied  news  reports  that  the  meeting  between  Syucuo  residents  and  government  officials  ended  abruptly  in  discord.  Officials  left  the  meeting  at  the  request  of  Legislator  Su  Chih-fen  so  that  she  could  continue  communicating  with  the  residents,  Tung  explained.