By Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporterEnvironmental Protection Administration (EPA) Deputy Minister Chan Shun-kuei (詹順貴) resigned yesterday, saying he refused to cave in to pressure from Premier William Lai (賴清德) to sway the agency’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) system. However, over the past year, officials have not been allowed to thoroughly discuss policies at Executive Yuan meetings, he wrote. He thanked Tsai, Lin and EPA Minister Lee Ying-yuan (李應元) for supporting his decision, while apologizing for any inconvenience his resignation might cause. Later in the day, Executive Yuan spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka confirmed that Chan’s resignation had been approved. The draft amendments to the EIA act were published by the EPA in September last year, but were not listed as a priority bill in the legislative session that began on Sept. 21.
Source: Taipei Times October 08, 2018 15:56 UTC