- Department:Comprehensive Planning Division
“The Management Performance of Stockholm Convention’s Persistent Organic Pollutants” conference jointly organized by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), Council of Agriculture (COA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Ministry of Finance (MOF), Ministry of Labor (MOL) and Ocean Affairs Council (OAC) was grandly launched at Socrates Hall of GIS NTU Convention Center on November 1. Scholars, experts, industry players and NGO were all invited to join this grand event. At this event, related ministries and departments have not only demonstrated our country’s persistent organic pollutants (POPs) management performance and exchanged ideas with the participants, but also shared with the public about our country’s up-to-date control status and results.
According to EPA, POPs could harm to human bodies and the environment due to their toxic, resistant to degradation, and long-distance transmission properties. Therefore, to protect human health and earth environment from the harm of POP, United Nation (UN) has promulgated the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (hereinafter referred to as the Stockholm Convention or the Convention) on May 17, 2004. Currently, the 31 POPs are under the control list of the Contention with the aspiration to eliminate, restrict and reduce the unintentional generation thereof.
EPA stated that although Taiwan is not a state party to the Convention, we still drew up our national implementation plan in accordance with UN’s implementation strategy in order to gear with international standards. Consequently, Executive Yuan has approved our country’s “The National Implementation Plan under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants” (hereinafter referred to as the NIP or the Plan) on July 3, 2008; and the Plan has been continuously modified, amended and promoted in accordance with the control list of the Convention.
EPA expressed that NIP had been launched for more than ten years. With the collaboration of 7 ministries and 22 agencies, Taiwan has restricted the use of POPs in accordance with “Toxic and Concerned Chemical Substances Control Act”, “Environmental Agents Control Act”, “Agro-pesticides Management Act” and other related environmental protection regulations respectively. Besides, the government also, through environmental, biological substrate, commercially available food and product inspections (monitoring), controls the flow of POPs in the environment and evaluates dietary exposure of people of the nation in order to fully understand their health status. The stipulation of standards for commercially available products and implementation of related inspections also facilitate the development of eco-friendly water repellent, which is applied in the textile industry to reduce the use of and consumers’ exposure to hazard substances in products. Furthermore, EPA has been continuously enhanced related education and promotional programs to enhance people’s awareness of environmental protection.
EPA emphasized that this presentation enabled ministries to demonstrate their POPs management performance and monitoring results. In the future, the government will continue to carefully evaluate substances newly added to the Convention’s POP control list and to integrate the power of all ministries and departments to minimize health threats and environmental risks derived from POPs. For those who desire to know more about POPs, please refer to the “POPs Information Website” of EPA’s Toxic and Chemical Substances Bureau at (https://topic.epa.gov.tw/pops/mp-2.html).