The EPA recently announced the review conclusion of the Environmental Impact Statement of the Resource Reutilization and Treatment Center BOT Project in Changhua Coastal Industrial Park, Industrial Development Bureau, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), determining that the second-stage EIA was not required. The approval was given because this project was to make waste (sludge) treatment (for reuse) available to an Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) wastewater treatment facility and was in line with the development master plan and compatible with related projects in the surrounding areas.
The EPA explained that after considering the opinions of the EIA review committee, experts and scholars, and the responses from the developer, and after the evaluation on the possible impacts of this project on the living, natural, and social environments, as well as the economy, culture and ecology, a professional judgment was made that no circumstances as those listed in Article 8 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Act and in Article 19, Paragraph 1, subparagraph 2 of the Environmental Impact Assessment Enforcement Rules were found, and that the environment impact statement sufficiently provided the information required for the review and assessment. Hence the second-stage EIA was not required. Comments were summarized as follows:
This project aimed to solve sludge disposal problems faced by an IDB wastewater treatment plant, insufficiency of general industrial waste treatment facilities and problems such as illegal dumping of wastes, and to achieve the goal of waste reduction and recycling. The project was assessed to be in line with the development master plan, and no significant conflict or incompatibility was found with related projects in the surroundings.
The EIA statement for this project detailed investigation, predictions, analyses or assessment on "air quality", "noise and vibration", "hydrology and water quality", "soil", "topography, geology, earthquakes and faults", "waste", "land ecology", "aquatic ecology", "landscape and recreation resource environment", "socioeconomic environment", "traffic environment", "cultural environment", "health risk assessment", "environmental sanitation" and other areas during construction and operation. Measures were proposed to prevent and mitigate possible impacts in affected areas.
After a comprehensive assessment, the development project has been found to:
(1) cause no significant adverse effects on environmental resources and environmental characteristics during construction and operation.
(2) cause no significant adverse effects on the habitat of protected or rare and valuable species of animals and plants
(3) cause mild ecological impacts on the waters and sea areas during construction and operation.
(4) cause no infringement on local environmental quality standards or surpass the tolerance level
(5) cause no significant adverse impacts on the migration, rights and interests of the vast number of local residents or the traditional way of life of ethnic minorities.
(6) cause no significantly adverse effects on the health or safety of the population.
(7) cause no significantly adverse effects on the environment of other countries.
(8) be an environmental protection project, and cause no significant impacts deemed by other competent authorities.
Conclusion: This project has passed the EIA review, and the developer shall implement what is contained in the EIA statement and the review conclusions accordingly.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, April 2022
- Ministry of Environment