New air quality control steps could shut down traffic

The China Post
Date: June 7, 2017

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has updated its air quality control steps that could lead to traffic shutdowns when air pollution in Taiwan reaches an extremely hazardous level.
The revised “Emergency Steps to Prevent Air Quality from Deteriorating” were published Tuesday and will take effect Friday, according to the administration.

It was the first time the air quality measures have been updated in 17 years, and they will now include particularly hazardous PM2.5 particulates in the air quality warning system.

The agency is hoping the updated measures, which are designed to give early warnings of pollution problems, will help improve air quality by getting polluting factories to lower their operating loads or keep polluting vehicles off the streets.

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