Central regions demand national action on air pollution

GrassrootsLocal governments said they sent draft regulations to the EPA for approval under the Ma and the Tsai administrations that have yet to be acknowledged

Taipei Times
Date: Dec 20, 2016
By: Yang Mien-chieh and Jonathan Chin / Staff reporter, with staff writer

The national government should implement rigorous and uniform standards for air

The view from a high vantage point in Taichung on Oct. 20 shows the smog over the city. Photo: Liao Yao-tung, Taipei Times

pollution regulation to end the confusion over multiple regulatory systems at the state level, experts and environmental groups said in response to controversies regarding coal-fired power plants in Taiwan’s central region.

Last year, six county and city-level governments in the central region signed an agreement to ban petroleum coke and bituminous coal-fired power plants — among them the Taichung, Yunlin and Changhua governments that passed regulations to step up environmental regulations.

In May last year, the Yunlin County Council passed self-governing regulations to ban bituminous coal and petroleum coke in Yunlin, and it is estimated the rules would have reduced the annual emission of oxides by 5,595 tonnes or 40 percent, airborne particles by 757 tonnes, or 73 percent, and nitrogen oxides by 8,200 tonnes, or 53 percent.    [FULL  STORY]

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