The Taipei Environmental Protection Law, which was passed in March and comes into effect on May 4, has been widely condemned by environmentalists and environmental groups.
The law states that a person can sue any government, company or organization if they believe it is violating environmental laws.
It has also been widely criticized by Taiwan’s leading environmental group, the Environmental Protection Association of Taiwan (EPAT), which says it is an unconstitutional attempt to strip Taiwan of its sovereignty.
EPSAT said in a statement it “believes that the law is a blatant attempt to usurp Taiwan’s sovereign rights to protect its environment and the environment’s biodiversity”.
The group has been fighting to stop the law for years, saying it violates the constitutional rights of the people to decide their own future, including for the future of their homes.
In its ruling, the court said the law violates the fundamental principles of democratic governance, and has “the potential to undermine Taiwan’s sovereignty and independence”.
It also said the laws “impose a huge burden on civil society, particularly on farmers and other rural and small-scale enterprises, which are among the most vulnerable in the economy and have to bear the brunt of the environmental impact of the proposed law”.
Epsat has previously said the environmental law violates Article 5 of the Constitution, which states that the government has a “right to protect natural resources, including the environment”.
Under the law, the government can sue environmental organisations or individuals for damages caused by any pollution.
Environmental protection law article Taiwan’s environmental protection legislation, which has been heavily criticized by environmental groups and environmental campaigners, comes into force on May 2.
Taiwan has already passed legislation to reduce emissions by 80 per cent by 2030.
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) is expected to begin issuing pollution permits on May 7.
EPA Director-General Teng Tsai-hui said on Wednesday the agency is expecting to issue around 5,000 pollution permits by May 7, with the process expected to take between two and three months.
However, the EPA said that the process will be “time consuming”, and that the agency was still working on its implementation plans.
Since the law came into effect, more than 2,300 people have been arrested in connection with pollution.
The Taiwanese government says pollution is linked to the country’s severe food shortages and a growing population.
Critics say the law infringes on the right to peaceful protest and free speech.