[The Hwankyung Ilbo] The Ministry of Environment announced prior announcement of legislation of amendments to ‘the Enforcement Decree of the Clean Air Conservation Act and the Enforcement Rule of the Clean Air Conservation Act’ for 40 days from May 4, which introduced charges on nitrogen oxides (NOx) emissions from business sites and will gather the opinions of stakeholders.
Nitrogen oxides are emitted as a result of burning fuel in the workplace or air pollutants contained in automobile exhaust gas, mainly in the form of nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Especially, it produces fine dust and ozone through photochemical reaction of sunlight as well as its toxicity.
The amendment will impose emission charges, which has been imposed only on pollutants such as dust and sulfur oxides, on nitrogen oxides.
The unit price per kilogram of nitrogen oxide was set at 2,130 won, considering the results of industry feedback and the cost of treating pollutants at the plant.
Nitrogen oxides emission charges will be implemented from the date one year after the promulgation, and the minimum emission concentration will be strengthened gradually within the allowable emission standard to which the basic charges are imposed.
The Ministry of Environment estimates that if the businesses that are subject to the amendment treat nitrogen oxides to a minimum concentration level that does not receive atmospheric emission charges, about 160,000 tons of nitrogen oxides will be reduced annually, and the social benefit will amount to about 7.5 trillion won.
“The introduction of charges on nitrogen oxides emissions at work sites is a measure for the public health by reducing fine dust and ozone, so please be prepared to strengthen the management of nitrogen oxides in advance,” said an official of the Ministry of Environment.
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