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Announcement of Guidelines for Certification of Soil and Groundwater Remediation Technology

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To promote and develop soil and groundwater pollution remediation technologies in Taiwan, enhance technical capabilities and quality and facilitate the cultivation and spreading of Taiwan’s outstanding remediation technologies at home and abroad, the EPA has formulated the Guidelines for the Application, Review and Management of Certificates of Effectiveness for Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Technologies. The guidelines will enable applicants to certify the effectiveness of soil and groundwater pollution remediation technologies. They aim to encourage the adoption, at home and abroad, of researched and verifiable environment-friendly technologies that can effectively reduce the concentration or toxicity of pollutants.

The purpose of the guidelines is to enhance the technical capabilities of soil and groundwater pollution remediation in Taiwan. Referencing ISO 14021, the guidelines adopted the model of self-declaring the effectiveness of technologies for soil and groundwater pollution remediation. The guidelines delineate how evaluation will be done on the functions, characteristics and scope of application of existing soil and groundwater technologies, including methods, equipment, agents and materials. Applicants can self-declare the effectiveness and performance of their technologies during the remediation process. Once the declarations are reviewed and approved by a review team established by the EPA, certificates of effectiveness will be issued. Obtaining official certification will benefit the business of applicants greatly. As the certifications demonstrate the effectiveness of applicants’ remediation technologies and enhance their market advantage, the use of these technologies will also accelerate land restoration.

The contents of the guidelines are as follows:

1. Purpose (Guideline 1)

2. Definitions (Guideline 2)

3. Qualification of applicants and application documents (Guideline 3, 4)

4. Review process (Guideline 5)

5. Confidentiality agreement (Guideline 6)

6. Items written on certificates of effectiveness (Guideline 7)

7. Expiration dates and extension of certificates of effectiveness (Guideline 8)

8. Reissuance and renewal of certificates of effectiveness (Guideline 9)

9. Review for the modifications of technical specifications on certificates of effectiveness (Guideline 10, 11)

10. Requirements when applicants pause or suspend businesses (Guideline 12)

11. Tracking and inspection processes (Guideline 13)

12. Disclosure of information on violation cases (Guideline 14)

13. Revocation and annulment of certificates of effectiveness (Guideline 15, 16)

Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, February 2023

Ministry of Environment