5,188 firms to be af­fected by Wa­ter Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Fee Col­lec­tion Reg­u­la­tion


The first stage of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Wa­ter Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Fee Col­lec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (

) will begin on May 1 by fo­cus­ing on col­lect­ing fees for industrial ef­flu­ent and industrial park sewage sys­tems, ac­cord­ing to the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA, ) yes­ter­day.

The EPA es­ti­mates more than 5,188 en­ter­prises will pay fees in the first year to­tal­ing around NT$1 bil­lion each year. Live­stock in­dus­try fee col­lec­tion will begin in 2017, while tax col­lec­tion for house­holds and un­der­wa­ter sew- age sys­tems is sched­uled to start in 2018.

The amended reg­u­la­tion’s main goals are to fo­cus on col­lect­ing fees from the industrial ef­flu­ent and industrial park sewage sys­tems, and ex­empt­ing the live­stock in­dus­try for the time be­ing, ac­cord­ing to the EPA.

The reg­u­la­tion cal­cu­lates tax pay­ment on an an­nual in­creas­ing method; first- stage taxed com­pa­nies in the first year get half dis­counts, 40-per­cent dis­counts in the sec­ond year and full pay­ment in the sixth. Eighty per­cent of the en­ter­prises will be pay­ing a yearly av­er­age of tax be­low NT$1 mil­lion, said Yeh Ji­unn-hung (

), chief of the EPA’s Depart­ment of Wa­ter Qual­ity Pro­tec­tion ( ).

Yeh said the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the dis­count cal­cu­la­tion is used to lessen the po­ten­tial im­pact on in­dus­tries af­fected by the fee col­lec­tion reg­u­la­tion.

Three-month Buf­fer for


En­ter­prises can pay the fees in Jan­uary and July. This year has a three-month buf­fer pe­riod there­fore com­pa­nies should pay col­lec­tion fees for May 1 to June 30 dur­ing July 1 to Oct. 31, ac- cord­ing to the EPA. Yeh ex­plained that the wa­ter pol­lu­tion con­trol fees ad­here to the fol­low­ing cal­cu­la­tion: vol­ume of ef­flu­ent mul­ti­plied by wa­ter qual­ity rat­ing of ef­flu­ent mul­ti­plied by fee rate. If industrial ef­flu­ent and industrial park sewage re­leases are lower than the max­i­mum pol­lu­tant con­cen­tra­tion stan­dards, 20-per­cent to 95-per­cent dis­counts will be given ac­cord­ing to the re­duced dis­charge ef­flu­ent vol­umes, the EPA ex­plained, en­cour­ag­ing re­lated en­ter­prises to re­duce con­tam­i­nated emis­sions.

Taxed haz­ardous sub­stances in­clude chem­i­cal oxy­gen de­mand (COD, ), suspended solids (SS, ), lead ( ), nickel ( ), cop­per ( ), to­tal mer­cury ( ), cad­mium ( ), to­tal chromium ), ar­senic ( ) and cyanide ( ). COD would cost NT$12.5 per kilo­gram, to­tal mer­cury at NT$31,250 and SS at NT$0.62.

If an en­ter­prise pro­duces 50 tons of waste wa­ter daily and 50 mil­ligrams per liter of COD, the en­ter­prise would re­ceive a 40.5-per­cent dis­count for the first year. With COD at NT$12.5 per kilo­gram, the en­ter­prise would have to pay NT$843 in the first 90 days of the first quar­ter and NT$3,372 that year.


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