On 13 May 2020, the EPA preannounced revisions of paragraph 1 Annex of the Enterprise Classifications and Definitions of the Water Pollution Control Act (水污染防治法事業分類及定義). The revised part includes definitions, applicable entities, and implementation dates for enterprise category 64.(2), oil storage sites, and category 64.(5), enterprises whose operation premises have storage facilities that store materials specified by the EPA based on the Water Pollution Control Act (水污染防治法) Article 33 paragraph 1, and whose combined capacities reach 200 liters or more.
The EPA stated that this revision follows previous amendments of regulations concerning underground storage tanks. The previous amendments incorporated the definition of oil storage sites and regulations concerning the construction of overflow protection dikes into the section dealing with storage facility management, in order to avoid redundant control. The main points of the revision are as follows:
1. Due to the effective date of the Management Regulations Concerning Underground Storage Tank Groundwater Pollution Prevention Equipment and Monitoring Equipment Installation (地下儲槽系統防止污染地下水體設施及監測設備設置管理辦法), regulations concerning enterprise category 64.(2), oil storage sites, will cease to apply from 1 January 2021.
2. Enterprise category 64.(5), “enterprises whose operation premises have storage facilities that store materials specified by the EPA based on the Water Pollution Control Act Article 33 paragraph 1 and whose combined capacities reach 200 liters or more”, is changed to “storage facility”. It includes above-ground and underground storage tanks or containers, and excludes storage cans, tanks, or barrels that are sealed, have not been unsealed, or do not leak after placed upside down. Relevant applicable conditions are also deleted, and its effective date is postponed to 1 January 2021.
3. Enterprise category 59, livestock excreta or bioenergy treatment center (or biogas center); category 60, reclaimed water operators; and category 63, steam suppliers; are deleted because their effective periods have ended.
The EPA stressed that by regulating industrial oil storage facilities that have higher pollution risks, enterprises are thereby obligated to properly install water pollution prevention and monitoring equipment and to have adequate leak prevention equipment in store. They must properly collect and handle any leakage should it occur. Enterprises are urged to abide by regulations, as violations will lead to penalties in accordance with the Water Pollution Control Act.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (6)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)