Mining Project in Yilan County

Wanta’s mining project meets strong resistance

Date of Release: 
Feb 27 2016

A proposed mining project in Yilan County met with strong opposition at an environmental review yesterday, because of its potential impact on a rare endemic plant and discrepancies in the company’s scope of mining activities.

Wanta Mining Co has proposed estabishing a mining complex on a 12-hectare plot on Dabai Mountain (大白山) in the county’s Nanao Township (南澳). However, the target site is adjacent to a grove of Taiwanese beech trees (Fagus hayatae), a species endemic to Taiwan that falls under the Forestry Bureau’s classification of rare and valuable plants.

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