There are numerous industrial parks and factories in Taoyuan County. The environmental pollutions from them cannot be well and full monitored by only the limited man-powers from Environmental Protection Bureau (EPB) and environmental conservation volunteers. That causes some factories to discharge pollution materials illegally for cost-down and extravagant profits, and further to impact the living environmental quality.
Therefore, the aim of this project is to establish a more effective and prompt monitoring system to prevent these possible illegal pollution discharges. This system was established, tested, and demonstrated on an automatic technology base for providing real-time pollution monitoring capacity and pollution warnings, and finally to help and guide the factories to reduce their pollutions and citizen complaints, and improve the environmental quality of the county. So far the main work and results are listed as the following:
1. Establishment a fast inspection and monitoring center for specific pollutions
The center was established for promoting the task efficiencies of the environmental pollution inspections and controls, as well as reactivating the current office space. In order to gather more and better suggestions and interactions from/between EPB and relevant factories, a center establishment plan was handed in on Sep. 18 2013, and there was an illustration meeting was hold on Sep. 27. Both the establishment plan and meeting were required by the project requirements. Later, a revised plan was handed in again on Oct. 8 after adding suggestions from EPB. The construction work for the center was finished on Nov. 5, earlier than the original schedule. The center is opened already on Nov. 14 2013.
2. Establishment of a mobile fast-inspection app system
The system includes a mobile fast-inspection app, a noise control map app, an inspection document management web station, and a database. The software development tasks were done on Nov. 25 2013, and the software set is currently under a test stage for better system robustness and user interface. The test task and system improvement will be done before Dec. 10 and 26 2013, respectively.
3. Purchase of inspector uniform and equipment
All official inspectors should wear uniforms to show their public/official image and capacity when they execute inspection missions. Therefore, the purchase plan for two sets of inspector uniforms respectively for summertime and wintertime was handed in on Sep. 27 2013, and the purchase plan for totally 140-suite uniforms was already processed on Nov. 13 2013.
In addition, the EPB is expected to purchase of 116 inspector caps, 12 tripods, a set of “RION” noise corrector and 30 memory cards. In order to improve the efficiency of work and identity.
4. Demonstration case for pollution monitoring improvement plan
A demonstration case was used to investigate this automatic pollution monitoring system. The company, NOVAX Material & Technology Inc in Luzhu Township, Taoyuan County, selected by EPB was served as the case. The company illegally discharged industrial waste water into Nankan River on Oct. 8 2013, and was tracked down and asked to improve their waste water processing both by EPB. Currently the company is under the stage of a voluntarily reporting the suspension of work to improve their manufactory process. First, this monitoring project had an in-site investigation on this company on Oct. 18, and installed necessary monitoring equipments on Oct. 18 and then started an 11-day (i.e. up to Nov. 4) monitoring observation. The monitoring result reveals that no more illegal emission event during the 11 days. Also, the cost effectiveness analysis shows that the automatic monitoring system can significantly save cost than traditional 24-hour man-power inspection, up to NT$ 3000/day. Most importantly, the system can provide a real-time monitoring capacity. In other words, it gives a very effective power to stop illegal pollution discharges.