By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The city government will soon establish a standard operating procedure to adjust power output
when air pollution reaches a certain level, Taichung Mayor Lin Chia-lung said Monday.
A draft operating procedure suggested by the government proposes reducing emissions from coal-fired plants when more than half of the city’s 11 air quality monitoring stations report purple PM2.5 levels, he said.
Taiwan Power Co (Taipower), the plant’s operator, said that it agreed to the city government’s proposal to adjust power output when air pollution reaches a certain level.
The country’s 10-tier PM 2.5 index (10 being dangerously high) is defined as air pollution that contains fine particles smaller than 2.5 millimeters in diameter and is linked to several chronic health problems. [FULL STORY]