The EPA preannounced revisions to Article 2 of the Regulations for Determination of Fines of Violations of the Waste Disposal Act (違反廢棄物清理法罰鍰額度裁罰準則) to induce waste producers to take responsibilities. Violators’ financial capacities are to be considered in fine calculation.
The EPA noted that the Regulations for Determination of Fines of Violations of the Waste Disposal Act (hereinafter as the “Regulations”), announced on 28 May 2019, specify how fines are calculated based on the type of violation of the Waste Disposal Act. The fine calculation methods are clearly stated in Tables 1 to 4 as references for authorities that issue penalties.
The EPA expressed that, besides issuing fines in accordance with the Regulations, the penalized parties’ financial resources can also be considered in the fine calculation based on Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Regulations. With greater financial capacities and larger operation scales, exchange or OTC-listed enterprises often have access to more social resources and also produce more industrial wastes. For environmental justice and to discourage illegal practices, these enterprises shall shoulder more environmental responsibility.
For this reason, the EPA preannounced the addition of paragraph 2 to the Regulations’ Article 2 to incorporate whether violators are exchange or OTC-listed enterprises as a determining factor in calculating a fine.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (5)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)