EPA warns of bad air quality in southern Taiwan as PM2.5 hits red-alert level

By Chia Lee

nvironmental Protection Administration (EPA) on Wednesday warned of bad air quality in most areas of Kaohsiung and Pingtung, as concentration of particulates measuring 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) has reached to red alert levels, according to the latest updates.

The EPA introduced measurements for fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5) to its air pollution control standards last year in a bid to better control Taiwan’s air quality as it has appeared to be deteriorating.

Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network of the EPA (TAQMN) updates daily the index for the concentration of PM2.5 in the air, in which estimates that exceed 54 micrograms per cubic meter, equal to level 7 in the country’s current 10-tier PM 2.5 index, are considered severe enough to cause tangible discomfort and health problems, according to the EPA.

The administration announced Wednesday that concentrations could reach above level 7 today for Kaohsiung-Pingtung area of Fengshan, Daliao, Renwu, Zuoying, Qianjin, Fuxing, Xiaogang, and Chaozhou, due to poor conditions for atmospheric dispersion.

The EPA reminded the public to wear masks when going out and suggested those with heart or respiratory problems to avoid outdoor activities.



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