Air Clean group calls for stricter PM10 standards

AMENDMENTS ON WAY? ‘We absolutely support’ the proposal, an EPA official said, adding that the standard should at least be up to the WHO’s recommendation

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 10, 2019
By: Sherry Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

Environmental group Air Clean Taiwan yesterday called on lawmakers to set stricter standards for

Air Clean Taiwan founder Yeh Guang-perng speaks at a news conference in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

monitoring PM10, particulate matter measuring up to 10 micrometers in diameter, in Taiwan.

“Environmental protection is not just about protecting the environment,” Air Clean Taiwan founder Yeh Guang-perng (葉光芃) told a news conference in Taipei. “It is about protecting everyone’s health, the health of the land, the health of the planet, the health of Taiwan.”

The WHO standard for PM10 is an annual mean of 20 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3), Yeh said.

Many places in Taiwan, including Kaohsiung and Pingtung County, have recorded PM10 levels of “approximately three times” that value, he said.    [FULL  STORY]

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