In response to the increasing complexity of the pollution caused by manufacturing process and the close relationship between air, water, waste, and toxic chemicals, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promotes the integration of environmental protection permit policies. It plans to establish a single contact unit, implement a consultative and joint review mechanism, and draw a plant-wide pollution flow chart to allow permits so that permit review is unified, and the ultimate goal is to integrate one plant with one permit. The purpose of this project is to assist the Environmental Protection Agency in promoting various environmental protection permit integration policies, collect implementation experience and industry opinions, feed back to the Environmental Protection Agency, and provide review and improvement of the future permit integration system.
This year is the first year of trial operation, and 130 large companies have been selected for priority implementation in order to mitigate the impact of the official implementation of the policy in the future. This project integrates the environmental protection permit audit units of the Kaohsiung City Government Environmental Protection Bureau, the Export Processing Zone Administration and the Southern Taiwan Science Park to establish the Kaohsiung City Environmental Protection Permit Integration contact unit, to grasp the environmental protection permit cases within the Kaohsiung City, and to carry out case tracking, auditing, filing and other tasks when applying permit from priority objects; In addition, establish the Kaohsiung City Environmental Protection Permit Integration Information Website to promote the concept of environmental permit integration, the latest news and difficult questions and answers, and establish a communication bridge within the website to provide industry consulting services and solutions various permit application problems.
This project refers to the EPA’s permit integration consulting joint review operation principles and the current review situation of Kaohsiung City, establishes the Kaohsiung’s permit integration consulting review operation principles, revises the joint review process and standardizes the review schedule, and starts to implement the permit integration review mechanism on June 15, 2021. According to statistics, we had finished 153 joint reviews of environmental protection permit s, 1 pre-consultation and 35 joint review consultation meetings have been handled by November 30, 2021. In the integration of the pollution flow of the whole plant, counseling industry draw the pollution flow chart through on-site and telephone consultation, we had finished 130 pollution flow charts and sent to the agency for reference. During the implementation of the plan, it cooperated with the publicity of environmental protection permit integration policy, handled relevant meetings and media publicity, and completed 10 promotion briefings, 1seminar and 3 technology transfer meetings.
As the relevant measures for the integration of environmental protection permit are still under discussion and are currently in the stage of encouraging trial operation, the environmental protection authorities intend to implement them, but the factory operators' willingness to cooperate is poor. Therefore, it is suggested that the environmental protection department can improve the supporting mechanism and construction laws and regulations as soon as possible to enhance the operators' willingness to try out.
In addition, the implementation suggestions and feedback so far: (1) the joint review opinions are most inconsistent in the calculation of raw materials and operation time. It is suggested that the EPA can plan the "integration form of raw materials, products and wastes" of air, water, waste and toxic chemicals to standardize the measurement methods and types of substances used and produced in the plant, so as to have a consistent benchmark for the measurement of various environmental protection license documents. (2) It takes a lot of manpower and time to handle the on-site joint review meeting. It is suggested that the operating principles can be revised in the future, the joint review meeting is not mandatory until the cases with competition and cooperation problems can be handled again. (3) It is recommended that the EPA formulate the principles for drawing and reviewing pollution flow charts to ensure the consistency of process expression. (4) Pollution flow chart is simple to express, which can significantly judge the pollution difference when comparing the same type of processes and pollution sources, and can be used as a reference document for reduction and improvement planning.