Landfills are used in the final stage of waste disposal. To strengthen landfill management and reduce its environmental impacts to neighboring areas, the EPA has preannounced draft amendments to the Methods and Facilities Standards for the Storage, Clearance and Disposal of Industrial Waste.
The main focus of the amendments is to stipulate that landfill operators must monitor groundwater quality regularly and strengthen the management of the landfills after they cease to be filled. The amendments also require landfill operators to submit a restoration plan for closing the landfill, and implement landfill restoration, facility maintenance and various monitoring in accordance with the approved plan. In addition, the operators shall record the monitoring data and display the information on government websites for the purpose of data transparency.
Moreover, to simplify the manifest handling procedures for the transportation of hazardous industrial waste, provisions concerning online reporting have been added to provide enterprises more options and convenience. Regulations concerning the use of industrial waste for technological research or development purposes have also been added.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 23 (8)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)