With cases of soil or groundwater pollution events taking place one after another both at home and abroad in recent years, the issue of such pollution has become the focus of concern among the world's most advanced countries. Taiwan's government, without execption, has joined the efforts in promoting environmental protection since more than two decades ago and has experienced a developments similar to those in advanced countries in Europe and North America. After the completion of relevant laws and regulations on air pollution, water pollution, waste control, and contamination control, Soil and Groundwater Remediation Act was promulgated on February 2, 2000 to govern soil and groundwater pollution problems caused by economic development and environmental changes. Later on,investigations on the potential of different types of pollution were conducted. Other efforts include developing emergency response plans and pollution remediation strategies. All these are evidences of the government's sincerity in facing existing soil and groundwater pollution problems and its determination in taking a more active role in environmental remediation and ensuring the sustainable use of resources.

Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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