On 29 August 2016, the EPA led a delegation of Taiwan’s soil and groundwater remediation experts to Korea as part of the drive to share Taiwan’s successful experiences in the field while also gaining knowledge from neighboring nations. The delegation spent five days in Korea sharing their experience with soil and groundwater remediation systems and technology. In addition, the delegation witnessed the signing of the extension of a memorandum of cooperation on soil and groundwater remediation between the two nations. The delegation also reached consensus with the Korea Ministry of Environment on specific projects to work on together over the next two years.
Taiwan's delegation was composed of representatives from government, industry and academia. On 30 August they witnessed the signing in Seoul of an extension of the Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Soil and Groundwater Protection between the Taipei Mission in Korea and the Korean Mission in Taipei by the representatives of the two nations. The two nations agreed to continue building on the solid foundations of previous agreements on sharing research and experience related to technology and the legal infrastructure used to prevent or remediate soil and groundwater pollution. Taiwan’s delegation also took the opportunity of the annual meeting of the Bilateral Guidance Committee to hold discussions with the Korean Ministry of Environment on cooperation programs and possible cooperation between industry and academia over the next two years.
The EPA pointed out that in the year 2000, the EPA set up the Asia-Pacific Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Task Force, and since then has been actively seeking cooperative exchanges with other nations while striving to improve Taiwan’s remediation capacity. The Taiwan-Korea memorandum was the first such official agreement that Taiwan has signed with another Asia-Pacific nation. In recent years, the two nations have shared knowledge and experience regarding preventing toxic substance leaks from gas stations, groundwater quality monitoring, and formulation and implementation of related regulations. Mutual cooperation has also been fostered by scientific forums, the publishing of research articles, cooperative projects between industry and academia, and the sharing of pollution-prevention technologies.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)