By: Yu Hsiao-han and Christie Chen
Taipei, May 19 (CNA) The government is to begin collecting fees from July for the disposal of dredged material into the sea, in an effort to protect Taiwan’s marine environment.
Beginning July 1, anyone who dumps dredged sediment from ports and waterways into the ocean will be liable for a fee of NT$35 (US$1.07) or NT$20 per cubic meter, depending on the category of the dumped sediment, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Thursday.
The government expects to be able to collect around NT$20 million in ocean dumping fees per year, said Yeh Chun-hung (葉俊宏), chief of the EPA’s Department of Water Quality Protection.
He said the money will be used for ocean pollution prevention, monitoring and treatment, and on marine environment protection and research. [FULL STORY]