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Air quality in Kaohsiung City getting better

Air quality in Kaohsiung City getting better

Kaohsiung, Jan. 5 (CNA) Kaohsiung City experienced fewer days with unacceptable air quality levels in 2008 than ever before, an indication that the southern Taiwan port city's air quality has greatly improved, a city official said Monday.
Hsiao Yu-jeng, director-general of the city's Environmental Protection Bureau, attributed the improvement to an increased number of factory closures due to a weakening global economy and to a series of air pollution control measures put in place by the city government.
Citing the city's PSI (pollutant standards index), Hsiao said the PSI exceeded 100 -- a standard for unacceptable air quality -- in Kaohsiung on only 4.59 percent of the days in 2008, down from 6.58 percent in 2007 and 7.34 percent in 2006.
The highest percentage for the city since PSI data has been recorded was 12.48 percent in 1994, meaning that the air quality was poor 45 to 46 days that year.
Although Kaohsiung's air quality improvement over the past three years has been remarkable, Hsiao said, the city still has a ways to go before attaining its goal of build a clean environment for its residents.
"The Kaohsiung city government will continue devoting more resources to implement stricter anti-air pollution measures, " he said.
Kaohsiung is Taiwan's leading industrial city and has long been troubled by poor air and water quality.
(By Flor Wang)