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.