The Ministry of Environment is making effort to rationalize its regulations, to cost-effectively protect the environment and public health, activate the economy and enhance corporate competitiveness through the rational improvement of environmental regulations. The three basic directions of the regulation rationalization pursued by the Ministry are to abolish regulations that are unreasonable, unrealistic and old and thus difficult to comply with, to imbue the preemptive regulatory requirements with autonomy and flexibility in consideration of technological advancements, and to secure compliance through strict monitoring based on laws and principles.

It is seeking to reform relevant regulations and move toward an open regulatory system to abolish irrational regulations. The Ministry plans to implement active regulatory improvement by receiving suggestions on regulations that need to be improved on its website and reporting the results of deliberation, and to create a consultative group consisting of public and private organizations to communicate with economic and industrial circles on a regular basis. Moreover, it intends to introduce regulation indexes quantifying ripple effects and suitability of regulations to evaluate and publish performances in regulatory improvement.

Preemptive regulation is also subject to regulatory rationalization. The Ministry plans to give more flexibility on preemptive site regulations of emission facilities according to the conditions of the local area and facility, reestablish emission allowance standards in consideration of technological advancement, and differentiate noise standard by land-use zone.

To relieve the burden arising from irrational regulations, the Ministry plans to regularly review regulations (in every three to five years) for improvement by expanding the application of the sunset law. In addition, with regard to the increased use of information communications technology (ICT) in pollutant discharge and treatment process, the Ministry is making efforts to remove old regulations, including obligations to manually prepare and maintain documents when such information is processed electronically.

As part of the smart regulations, revision of recycling law is underway : the revised law would permit recycling of substances that cause no environmental hazards, while the existing law rigidly allows recycling only in designated uses and methods. The existing regulation came under criticism because it hampers recycling technology development, since the complicated statute amendment procedures, which take more than two years, make it difficult for new recycling techniques to be timely commercialized.

The Ministry is making efforts to create conditions that benefit both the economy and environment by reducing regulatory burdens on people and businesses while protecting the environment safely through regulatory rationalization measures.

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