::: Preparation before implementing environmental certifications An environmental engineer shall register with the Public Construction Commission, Executive Yuan. (Article 7 of Professional Engineers Act)
An environmental engineer shall join the guild of categorized engineering branch. (Article 24 of Professional Engineers Act)
An environmental engineer shall register his/her practice stamp and signature style with the Environmental Protection Administration.
An environmental engineer shall prepare a profession registry book (recording the client's name, address, entrusted matters and progress of services and duration in detail). (Article 15 of Professional Engineers Act)
For the implementation of any environmental protection certification, an environmental engineer shall prepare worksheets and keep them for five years for future reference. (Regulations Governing Certification by Professional Environmental Engineers)
The certification records shall be reported to the Environmental Protection Administration’s environmental engineer certification service information website. (Article 17 of Regulations Governing Certification by Professional Environmental Engineers)
What are the environmental protection-related permits that require the certification by environmental engineers?
In its preparation process, a newly established business (factory) may be involved in the following environmental protection-related permit systems: 1. Environmental Impact Assessment
2. Installation and operating permits for stationary air pollution sources
3. Water pollution prevention and control measures plan
4. Wastewater discharge permits
5. Business waste disposal plan
6. Operating permit(s) for toxic chemical substances
7. Approval documents for the use of toxic chemical substances
The main purpose and application target of programs that need the certifications by environmental engineers are as follows: 1. Air pollution To prevent air pollution and ensure air quality, the stationary pollution sources designated and announced by the local environmental protection bureau must apply for "installation permits for stationary pollution sources" and "operating permits for stationary pollution sources" and construct and operate the stationary pollution sources only after gaining the approval (according to Article 24 of the Air Pollution Control Act); when applying for the installation or change permit of the stationary pollution sources, an application form and an air pollution prevention plan shall be filled in and submitted to the local competent authority. According to Article 26 of the Air Pollution Control Act, the relevant air pollution control plan shall first obtain the certification by a professional engineer. 2. Water pollution To prevent water pollution and ensure the cleanliness of water resources, the designated enterprises must submit a "Water Pollution Prevention Measure Plan" to the local environmental protection bureau and apply for "wastewater discharge permits". Only after approval can they discharge wastewater (according to Articles 13 and 14 of the Water Pollution Control Act). With the exception of those connected to a sewage system, when an enterprise summits its water pollution prevention and control measure plan to apply for the issuance of the discharge permit or the change registration according to the regulations, the necessary documents that the enterprise is required to possess shall be signed by a legally registered and practicing environmental engineer or other relevant professional engineers. Government agencies, public institutions or public corporations may apply for certification by their internal personnel having duly obtained the professional engineer certificates in accordance with the requirements listed in the preceding paragraph (in accordance with Article 17 of Water Pollution Control Act and Article 8 of its Enforcement Rules)