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Environmental Protection Administration (Republic of China)

Environmental Protection Administration
Huánjìngbǎohù Shǔ
Agency overview
Formed March 1971 (as Department of Environmental Health)
22 August 1987 (as EPA)
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Zhongzheng, Taipei
Employees 15,034 (est. 2004)
Ministers responsible Wei Kuo-yen, Minister
Yeh Shin-cheng, Deputy Minister
Chang Tzi-chin, Deputy Minister

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA; Chinese: 環境保護署; pinyin: Huánjìngbǎohù Shǔ) is a cabinet-level executive agency responsible for protecting and conserving the environment in the Republic of China. This also includes, air quality, noise control, monitoring and inspection of environment, solid waste, recycling, sustainable development and international cooperation.[1]

It is led by the Minister for Environment. He is supported by two deputy ministers.


  • History 1
  • Department Structure 2
    • First Tier 2.1
    • Second Tier 2.2
    • Third Tier 2.3
    • Fourth Tier 2.4
  • Ministers 3
  • Transportation 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


The environmental protection agency has evolved and been part of different departments over decades. Prior to 1971, the environmental portfolio was part of the Ministry of the Interior of the Republic of China which encompasses the Health portfolio.

From March 1971 to January 28, 1982 the Department of Environmental Health was established to look after protecting the environment. Various agencies such as the Department of Health and others managed the soil and water aspects of environment.

From January 29, 1982 to August 21, 1987 the Environmental Protection Bureau was established to take over responsibility for noise and traffic control, air, water, waste management, health responsibilities under the Department of Health.[2]

From August 22, 1987 to the present, the Environmental Protection Administration was established becoming the one stop shop for all environmental policies, regulation, standards and enforcement. It encompassed toxic substance management, environmental sanitation and monitoring and inspection of the environment.

Department Structure

First Tier

  • Office of Chief Secretary
  • Office of Minister
  • Office of Sustainable Development
  • Greenhouse Gases Reduction Management Office
  • Office of Energy and Resource Program
  • Office of National Clear up Program

Second Tier

  • Department of Comprehensive Planning
  • Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control
  • Department of Water Quality Protection
  • Department of Waste Management
  • Department of Environmental Sanitation & Toxis Substance Management
  • Department of Supervision Evaluation & Dispute Resolution
  • Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management
  • Bureau of Environmental Inspection
  • Air Pollution Control Fund Management Board
  • Recycling Fund Management Board
  • Soil and Groundwater Remediation Fund Management Board
  • Environmental Analysis Laboratory
  • Environmental Professionals Training Institute

Third Tier

  • Offices of Personnel, Accounting, Civil Service Ethics, Statistics and Secretariat
  • Committees for Legal Affairs, Petitions and Appeals
  • Public Nuisance Arbitration

Fourth Tier

  • Environmental Police Unit
  • Local Environmental Agencies


No. Name In Office
1 Eugene Chien 22 August 1987 - 31 May 1991
2 Jaw Shau-kong 1 June 1991 - 15 November 1992
acting Larry Chen 15 November 1991 - 20 November 1992
3 Chang Lung-cheng 21 November 1992 - 9 June 1996
4 Tsai Hsun-hsiung 10 June 1996 – 20 May 2000
5 Lin Jun-yi 20 May 2000 - 6 March 2001
6 Hau Lung-pin 7 March 2001 - 6 October 2003
7 Chang Juu-en 6 October 2003 - 25 April 2005
acting Tsay Ting-kuei 25 April 2005 - 7 June 2005
8 Chang Kuo-long 8 June 2005 - 20 May 2007
9 Winston Dang 20 May 2007 - 20 May 2008
10 Stephen Shen 20 May 2008 - 2 March 2014
11 Wei Kuo-yen 3 March 2014 - (incumbent)


The EPA building is accessible within walking distance South of Ximen Station of the Taipei Metro.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^

External links

  • Environmental Protection Agency Official Website (Chinese)
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