Poor air quality recorded in southern Taiwan, Taipower to reduce output

Taipei, Seven of the air quality monitoring stations in Kaohsiung and Pingtung County reported unhealthy air for sensitive groups Wednesday morning, prompting Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) to reduce output at a power plant in the area.

As of 11 a.m., the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed orange, indicating unhealthy air for sensitive groups, at eight monitoring stations in the two regions, Fengshan, Daliao, Nanzi, Fuxing, Qianzhen, Xiaogang and the offshore Liuqiu Township as well as Matsu Island, data from the monitoring network showed.

Of the nine other stations in the Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas generating AQI readings, eight flashed yellow, representing fair air quality, and one station in the Hengchun Peninsula signaled good air quality, flashing green.

The EPA said Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is reducing its electricity output at its Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung to bring down air pollution emissions.

The plant is expected to reduce electricity output by 600 MW for the day, according to the EPA.

Source: Fucus Taiwan