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Taiwan cleans up 93% of polluted farmland

EPA expects to complete task by end of year

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EPA marked 20 years of fund to clean up polluted farmland. 

EPA marked 20 years of fund to clean up polluted farmland.  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Of the 1,196 hectares of polluted farmland in the country, 93% has already been cleaned up, with the task likely to be completed by the end of the year, reports said Friday (Nov. 12).

After the Soil and Groundwater Pollution Remediation Act was passed in 2000, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) set up a fund to clean up farmland and groundwater sources, the Liberty Times reported.

New technology has made it easier to track down the sources of the pollution and allow future new incidents to be prevented, the EPA said. A total of 1,108 ha of polluted land has already been dealt with

Taiwan’s experience solving the issue has attracted attention from overseas. This has resulted in memorandums of understanding with South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam paving the way for cooperation and positioning the country as a regional hub, according to the EPA.