EPA wants to make marine pollution fines 200 times higher

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an advance notification Tuesday for a draft amendment to the Marine Pollution Control Act that will increase the maximum fine for marine pollution from NT$1.5 million (US$50,100) to NT$300 million.

The EPA is drafting the amendment after it carried out reviews of several ocean pollution cases, including the illegal dumping of oil in waters near Green Island off the coast of Taitung County early this year and an oil spill caused by the grounding of a container ship off New Taipei in March last year, said Yeh Chun-hung (葉俊宏), chief of the EPA’s Department of Water Quality.


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