A number of environmental policies and regulations have taken effect since 1 January 2021, including the use of acoustic cameras for noise violation crackdown, more stringent Effluent Standards, addition of above-ground storage tank control regulations, more stringent control on mercury-containing products, and adjusted clearance and disposal rates for certain recyclables.
Major policies and measures implemented in January 2021 as below:
1. Enhancing control on vehicle noise with acoustic camera technologies Control on motor vehicle noise is strengthened by using acoustic cameras to catch violating vehicles. Since 1 January 2021, acoustic cameras have been employed in law enforcement to increase control efficiency.
2.Tightening Effluent Standards
The Effluent Standards have been tightened since 1 January 2021 with newly added regulations:
(1) Control standards on nine substances used in technology and petrochemical industries, including acrylonitrile and N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone (NMP), were newly added.
(2) Control standards on ammonium nitrogen were added for five industries including metal finishing and electroplating, as well as for sewerage systems in industrial parks other than petrochemical industrial parks.
(3) Control standards on ammonium nitrogen and total nitrogen were added for public sewage systems.
(4) True color standards were tightened and standards on free residual chlorine were newly added for 23 industries including tannery and industrial park sewage systems.
(5) Standards on nine heavy metals including cadmium, lead, total chromium, hexavalent chromium, copper, zinc, nickel, selenium, and arsenic have been tightened, and standards on tin have been added for seven industries including wafer manufacturers that handle heavy metals and whose effluents reach a certain scale, and for sewage systems in science parks, petrochemical industrial parks, and other industrial parks.
3. Adding controls for above-ground storage tanks to strengthen soil and groundwater pollution prevention
The Installation and Maintenance Regulations Concerning Facilities That Prevent Storage Systems from Polluting Groundwater and Monitoring Facilities have been revised to enhance upper-end pollution prevention for above-ground storage tanks. Provisions were added for pollution-preventing facility installation, regular monitoring, and reporting and reference procedures. Enterprises can conduct the monitoring themselves and reporting the responses to protect soil and groundwater resources. All were effective from 1 January 2021.
4. Strengthening controls on nine types of mercury-containing products
The manufacturing and import of nine types of mercury-containing products are banned from 1 January 2021. These include certain batteries, switches, relays, common-use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), common-use straight-tube fluorescent lamps, common-use high-pressure mercury-vapor lamps, fluorescent lamps used in electronic monitoring, cosmetics, insecticides/bactericides/partial antibacterial agents, and non-electronic gauging instruments.
5. Adjusting clearance and disposal fee rates for recycling televisions and air conditioning systems
Television set clearance and disposal fee rates will be adjusted from 1 March 2021. As an example, the fee rates for liquid-crystal-display (LCD) televisions over 27 inches will be increased from NT$275/unit to NT$317/unit. And the fee rates for air conditioners will be increased from NT$297/unit to NT$353/unit.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Jan 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)