Aug 18, 2015 Uncategorized Comments Off on PM2.5 standard to go into affect in 2016 (Taiwan News)
Taipei, Aug. 18 (CNA) The PM2.5 air quality monitoring and simulation standard has been added to the Air Pollution Control Act, and will take effect on January 1, 2016, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) said Monday. The amendment to the Air Pollution Control Act is aimed at strengthening the control of emissions of stationary sources of air pollution by the nation’s industries. The steel industry, petrochemical industry, and electricity generation industry which are emitting a large number of particulates, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxide, and oxysulfide in Taiwan will be the sectors primarily affected after the amendment goes into effect, the EPA said. The term PM2.5 refers to particles 2.5 microns or smaller in diameter, which are considered particularly dangerous because they are often composed of substances like heavy metals that are very toxic and are minute enough to travel deep into human lungs. The EPA applies a 10-point scale with color coding to indicate 10 levels of daily air quality, and suggests adjustments to outdoor activities people can make for the sake of their health. People with allergies should reduce outdoor activities and avoid vigorous sports, when the PM2.5 index reaches level-4 (36-41 ug/m3), and when the PM2.5 index rises to level-7 (54-58 ug/m3), all people should avoid intense outdoor activities. With this and other new amendments in place, the EPA hopes that the nation’s industries will use better technologies to reduce their emissions of stationary sources of air pollution.
The EPA’s hourly-updated PM2.5 index can be viewed here: http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/PsiMap.aspx (By Wei Yun-ling and Lauren Hung)