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Taichung tackling poor air quality by targeting pollution sources

Taichung tackling poor air quality by targeting pollution sources

Taipei, Nov. 15 (CNA) Taichung has introduced measures to tackle the poor air quality that has affected the central city recently, and has asked companies considered major sources of pollution to address the issue, officials said Sunday. Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung (???) said the poor air quality has been caused partly by seasonal factors and partly by overdevelopment of the city. Lin said the city government plans to establish a standard procedure and order companies to reduce output when air pollution reaches a certain level. Since late October, Taichung has recorded air quality at an unhealthy level several times, according to the Environmental Protection Administration. The level of fine particles of air pollutants with a diameter of 2.5 micrometres or less -- known as PM2.5 -- also reached the worst level of "very high" on Nov. 10. Taichung's Environmental Protection Bureau said the city is enhancing its monitoring of major sources of pollution and increasing checks on construction sites and vehicle exhaust emissions. Taiwan Power Co.'s (Taipower's) thermal power plant in Taichung and Dragon Steel Corp. have promised to end open-air storage of coal by the end of 2018, the bureau added. The city opposes installation of any new generators at the thermal power plant and has asked it to update the current facility to reduce the use of coal. Taipower, which reduced the output of the Taichung thermal power plant on Nov. 10 for the first time on a working day because of the poor air quality, said that over NT$9 billion (US$274.04 million) has been budgeted for facilities to reduce pollution from the plant, which are expected to be completed in 2020. Taipower is concerned about the PM2.5 issue but also needs to ensure stable and safe electricity supplies during periods of reduced output, said Roger Lee (???), a spokesman for the state-owned power company. (By Chao Li-yen, Milly Lin and Kay Liu)


Updated : 2021-09-18 15:11 GMT+08:00