EPA Scraps Local Coal And Coke Ban

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) nixed Yunlin County’s plans to ban the burning of coke and coal within the county, saying that coal-fired power plants are a matter of national energy security and are beyond the jurisdiction of a county government.

Yunlin County announced last June that it would ban the burning of coal and coke – a fuel derived from coal and used mainly in the manufacture of steel – in a bid to improve air quality. Although Yunlin is primarily rural and depends mostly on agriculture and tourism with little steelmaking, the county is also the location of the 4,200 megawatt (MW) Mai-liao Power Plant, Taiwan’s third largest coal-fired power plant.