Date: Sep 09, 2015
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The Yunlin County Government yesterday said it would seek a constitutional interpretation on
its ban on burning petroleum coke and coal, which was rejected by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Monday, which said the county government lacked jurisdiction.
To fight air pollution, the county government announced the ban in June to prohibit the burning of petroleum coke from June next year and coal from June 2017.
The EPA on Monday rejected the plans, saying they involved national energy policies and regulations that fall within the jurisdiction of the central government according to the Energy Administration Act (能源管理法) and the Local Government Act (地方制度法).
The county government rejected the EPA’s ruling, citing a clause of the Local Government Act that stipulates the invalidation of a bylaw due to contradiction of its superior laws should be declared by the Executive Yuan and other authorities, not the EPA. [FULL STORY]