THE LATEST THING:The EPA has new equipment to monitor and sample air quality that provide fast results that are also more comprehensive than current technologies
Date: Jul 16, 2015
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) debuted an upgraded version of its
environmental survey vehicle and its high-altitude air sampling technology on the outlying islands of Penghu County.
EPA Environmental Analysis Laboratory Acting Director Yen Chun-lan (顏春蘭) said the vehicle, donated by Delta Electronics last year, uses a soft chemical ionization proton transfer reaction time-of-flight spectrometer, which can monitor more than 300 gaseous pollutants that have the ability to bind with oxonium ions using.
The pollutants include volatile organic compounds, inorganic gases and a range of odorous substances, which make up the majority of gaseous pollutants, she said.
The vehicle also boasts quick sample analysis — capable of yielding results in less than 10 minutes — and can detect pollutants with concentrations as low as 0.01 parts per billion, Yen said. [FULL STORY]