(1) To respond to African swine fever and strengthen relevant epidemic prevention measures, on 13 April the EPA held a meeting with environmental bureaus of all counties and cities across Taiwan to remind them to require pig farmers to comply with relevant food waste cooking regulations so as to ensure the safe use of food waste as pig feed. In addition to requiring all environmental bureaus to strengthen the inspection of pig farms that utilize food waste recycling within their jurisdictions and to supervise pig farms to ensure implementation of high-temperature cooking of food waste, the EPA and all environmental bureaus also sent personnel to carry out inspections at the 694 pig farms that had been approved for food waste recycling. A total of 183 pig farms were inspected, and all of them were compliant with the regulations. The EPA and the bureaus’ personnel also joined with representatives from pig farmers’ associations of all counties and cities to carry out patrols and promotion activities in the major food waste recycling pig farms of each county or city.
(2) In light of the trend that environmental crimes are getting more specialized and organized in recent years and having different characteristics in different geographic areas, the EPA invited prosecutors with extensive experience in handling environmental crime cases from local prosecution offices of the Ministry of Justice to serve as advisory members in the “2021 Environmental Crime Investigation Consultation Meeting (Southern Session)” held on 27 April.
(3) On 27 April, the EPA held the “2021 Environmental Crime Investigation Consultation Meeting (Southern Session)”. In light of the trend in recent years of environmental crimes becoming more specialized and organized, with different characteristics in different geographic areas, the EPA invited prosecutors from local prosecution offices of the Ministry of Justice, who have extensive experience in handling environmental crime cases, to serve as advisory members. The meeting aimed to strengthen the communication between environmental and prosecutorial authorities by sharing and discussing environmental law enforcement achievements and conduct in-depth review and analysis of individual cases. It also aimed to reinforce environmental law enforcement capacities so as to deter environmental crimes and illegal behaviors and protect local air quality.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Apr 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)