Cities, counties pledge to ban coke, coal

JOINT EFFORT:Six local governments in central and southern Taiwan are teaming up to combat PM2.5 air pollution, which they said respects no borders

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 15, 2015
By: Chen Wei-han  /  Staff writer, with CNA

Six cities and counties in central and southern Taiwan yesterday jointly pledged to ban the

Yunlin County Commissioner Lee Chin-yung, third right, and five other local government officials from southern and central Taiwan sign a collaborative agreement in Yunlin County yesterday banning the combustion of bituminous coal and petroleum coke.  Photo: Tang Shih-ming, Taipei Times

Yunlin County Commissioner Lee Chin-yung, third right, and five other local government officials from southern and central Taiwan sign a collaborative agreement in Yunlin County yesterday banning the combustion of bituminous coal and petroleum coke. Photo: Tang Shih-ming, Taipei Times

burning of petroleum coke and coal in a bid to combat air pollution and reduce PM2.5 emissions.

PM2.5 is an indicator of airborne particles measuring 2.5 micrometers or less — small enough to penetrate deep into human lungs.

The six local governments making the pledge on regional air pollution control are Yunlin and Chiayi counties, as well as Chiayi, Tainan, Taichung and Chunghua.

At the event held in Yunlin yesterday, Yunlin County Commissioner Lee Chin-yung (李進勇) said that the PM2.5 density over central and southern Taiwan is the highest in the nation, adding that 40 percent of the PM2.5 pollutants in Yunlin are transported from outside the county.     [FULL  STORY]

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