EXPECTATION VS REALITY: Groups called on the agency to follow WHO standards for PM2.5, but Hsieh Ping-hui said that its current goal is proving hard enough to reach
Date: Jul 12, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan / Staff reporter
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday defended its plan to tightenconcentration standards for several air pollutants, saying it did not change those governing PM2.5 — particulate matter measuring 2.5 micrometers or smaller — because of feasibility concerns.
The agency in May announced draft amendments to the Standards of Air Quality (空氣品質標準) and held three public hearings in Kaohsiung, Taipei and Taichung to gather opinions.
The new benchmarks were proposed to further improve the nation’s air quality after major amendments to the Air Pollution Control Act (空氣污染防制法) were promulgated in August last year, Department of Air Quality Protection and Noise Control Deputy Director-General Hsieh Ping-hui (謝炳輝) told a news conference in Taipei.
The daily average PM10 concentration standard would be tightened from 125 micrograms per cubic meter (mcg/m3) to 100mcg/m3, while the yearly concentration standard would be changed from 65mcg/m3 to 50mcg/m3, the agency said. [FULL STORY]