Two EIA Operating Rules Amended to Encourage Public Participationline分享列印本頁
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To implement the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, the EPA has announced amendments to the Operating Rules for Environmental Impact Assessment Public Hearings and the Operating Rules for Environmental Impact Assessment Public Explanatory Meetings. The protocols cover procedures for the industry competent authority and developers to follow when holding public hearings and explanatory meetings; the amendments are designed to bring more clarity to the procedures and make them more consistent with existing regulations regarding information disclosure and public participation.

On 12 May 2016, the EPA announced amendments to two sets of environmental assessment operating rules. One of them is the Operating Rules for Environmental Impact Assessment Public Hearings, as required by Article 12 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, and also in response to amendments announced on 3 July 2015 to Articles 20 and 26 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act Enforcement Rules. The other is the Operating Rules for Environmental Impact Assessment Public Explanatory Meetings, as required by Article 7 Paragraph 3 and Article 8 Paragraph 2 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act and also in response to amendments announced on 3 July 2015 to Articles 20 and 22 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act Enforcement Rules.

The amendments to the two sets of operating rules cover who is to be informed about the public hearings and explanatory meetings, what locations can be considered suitable, and how the meetings should be convened.

The main points of the amendments are as follows:

1. Who is to be informed about public hearing/explanatory meetings and what locations can be considered suitable have been clarified: The amendments clearly stipulate the government agencies, experts, scholars, and civic groups that should be invited. Further explanation of suitable locations for meetings, as approved by the competent authority, has been added.

2. To safeguard full public participation, all public hearings must allow written suggestions to be submitted by stakeholders who are unable to attend in person. Such suggestions should be replied to by the industry competent authority or developer and recorded in the minutes of the meeting.

3. The role of the chairperson of the public hearing/explanatory meeting has been clarified.

4. “Conclusions” has been added as a necessary session of the agenda for a public hearing/explanatory meeting.

5. Methods of dealing with raised objections and the minutes of the public hearing/explanatory meeting have been added: The comments given by participants and any suggestions concerning the minutes of the meeting must be replied to by the industry competent authority or developer. The restriction stating that a participant or industry competent authority has to give comments within a set period of time has been removed so as not to restrict the public’s freedom of expression.

Source:
Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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2017-08-24
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