Press Release

March 15, 2007
  • Air & Transportation

FY 2005 Survey on the Enforcement Status of the Air Pollution Control Law

The Ministry of the Environment released a report on enforcement status of the Air Pollution Control Law (hereinafter referred to as "the Law") in FY 2005.

1.Purpose of the survey
The purpose of the survey is to acquire basic data for air pollution control administration by determining the current enforcement status of the Law. The collected information included the number of notifications made by soot and smoke emitting facilities and general/designated particulate emitting facilities, and the state of the designated particulate emitting works and of regulation duties conducted in FY 2005.
* Asbestos is designated as the specified particulate matter.

2.Subjects of the survey
Soot and smoke emitting facilities, general particulate emitting facilities, designated particulate emitting facilities, and designated particulate emitting works.

3.Survey process
The survey was conducted in FY 2005 to compile the information on the number of notifications made by business entities and the state of regulation duties conducted by prefectures and ordinance designated cities (hereinafter referred to as "the municipalities")

4.Summary of the survey results
-The number of soot and smoke emitting facilities remains at the same level and the number of notifications was 218,702 as of March 31, 2006. Among these, facilities equipped with boilers (142,070 facilities, 65.0%), diesel engines (32,722 facilities, 15.0%) and gas-turbines (7,875 facilities, 3.6%) were prominent.
-The number of designated particulate emitting facilities decreased and removal of these facilities (this includes demolition of buildings containing spray-applied asbestos) increased.
-The number of on-site inspections in FY 2005 was approximately 27,000 cases, out of which three cases were subject to administrative measures, including administrative order to redress the situation. No cases were subject to the administrative offence accusation of the Law, and 507 cases were subject to administrative guidance, including recommendation.

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