Amendments to Types of Substances Harmful to Human Health Preannounced


In response to the revisions to the Water Pollution Control Act announced on 13 June 2018, the legal basis of the law has been changed in Article 36 Paragraph 4 of the Act.

Because wastewater discharged into groundwater, soil, or surface water can cause different levels of pollution risks and impacts, penalties for each type of discharge are specified in Article 36 Paragraph 1 and Paragraph 2 of the Act. Paragraph 1 stipulates the penalties for discharging harmful substances into soil and surface water, while Paragraph 2 covers discharges into groundwater.

On 25 December 2017, the EPA amended the Effluent Standards (放流水標準) to revise the definition of total organophosphates, total carbamates and herbicides. Hence, the EPA also revised the substance names from Article 21 to Article 23 of the law.

Amendments to Article 21 to 23 are listed below:

Article 21

Added tototal organophosphates: Phosdrin (Mevinphos), Demeton-s-methyl, Ethoprophos, Phorate, Dimethoate, Terbufos, Dyfonate, Disulfoton, Methyl Parathion, Pirimifos-methyl, Fenitrothion, Malathion, Chlorpyrifos, Fenthion, Bromophosmethyl, Phenthoate, Bromophos-ethyl, Methidathion, Prothiofos, Ethion, Triazophos, Carbophenothion, Phosalone and Azinphos-methyl

Article 22

Added tototal carbamates: Oxamyl, Aldicarb, Carbaryl, and Mercaptodimethur.

Article 23 Herbicides:

Diquat added; a former chemical name changed to Imazapyr

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