The 9-month project is an effort to promote a single portal for all permit applications with the main focus on the design and construction of the system function. The five component parts of the project include: 1. Constructing a Geographic Information System (GIS) to provide search service regarding spatial distribution of controlled industries that cause inter-pollution; 2. Providing statistical reports plus the data comparison and audit reports of inter-system permits to facilitate environmental agencies’ management; 3. Offering more value-added services of the system; 4. Enhancing and maintaining the system function; and 5. Improving the execution and supervision capacity of environmental impact assessment and all permits.
The focus of GIS development this year is on establishing basic functions to provide search service and fundamental applications with regard to spatial distribution of controlled industries in the aspect of air, water, waste, and toxic substances, including conditional search and layer overlapping. Buffer analysis has also been introduced to generate a list of controlled industries in a given area.
Many statistical report forms have been developed to meet the regulating demands of environmental agencies, such as statistics on the number of controlled businesses covered under each permit, and statistical reports of city/county pollution characteristics, providing real-time information on the control status within their jurisdiction. Statistics on pollutant emissions are produced in terms of industrial area, river basin, and high polluting substance to enable the EPA to understand pollutant emissions in each area in real time. The permit and declaration data concerning air, water, waste, and toxic substances integrated in the EMS are used for inter-system comparison. The function of thematic search is employed to uncover any inconsistencies in enterprises’ permit data or declaration.
For value-added services, personalized search functions have been added to the system home page, including business side permit search, review progress search, and the search for pending review applications. E-mail alerts have been provided to deliver the latest system message to businesses and the environmental agencies. Furthermore, an online application system has been constructed to supply enterprises with online application service. The verification documents of mercury content of the designated batteries and the environmental analysis organization permits have been further integrated to optimize the single portal’s permit application items.
For the improvement and maintenance of system functions, efforts have been made to ensure the normal operation of EMS and the second-generation EPA-Unified Identification Code System (EUIC), and to strengthen the data comparison function for EPA-Unified Identification Code issuance. In response to this year’s city-county consolidation policy, corresponding measures have been formulated for EMS in addition to address conversion and program modification.
As a continued effort of the integration of environmental impact assessment documents, data catenation and feedback have been designed to associate the promised work of environmental impact assessment with the permit data, thereby upgrading the environmental supervision capacity.