Since the initiation of the 2013 legal assistance project for public nuisance disputes, we have already had the pleasure of servicing thousands of affected individuals of public nuisance in Taiwan; as in recent years, Taiwanese have attached more importance to the quality of the environment. The legal standard for public nuisance issues is continually adjusted and amended (i.e. noise pollution including low frequency, water pollution, and air pollution) in order to maintain strictness. However, when the public faces these kinds of environmental public nuisances, they will not be well informed of advocating their inherent legal rights or possess any knowledge related to public nuisances. Worse yet, victims of environmental nuisances may not have the financial ability to afford the procedural burdens generated from advocating their legal rights. Therefore, in order for the Environmental Protection Administration (“EPA”) to protect the legal rights of the people and enable people to more conveniently utilize those legal rights, the EPA will continue supporting this annual project from 2016 to 2018. The project will include the following content:
1.Provide legal services and assistance for victims of public nuisance to claim their legal rights and resolve public nuisance disputes.
2. Provide legal consultations and assist to resolve public nuisance conflicts.
3.Research and analyze the legal assistance system and future plans. Provide suggestions and professional legal analyses for amending regulations related to public nuisance disputes and environmental remedies.
4.Organize training seminars and provide annual statistical analyses for legal assistance (related to environmental protection).