Poor air quality registered in most of western Taiwan

Taipei, Feb. 28 (CNA) Most of western Taiwan will face poor air quality on 228 Peace Memorial Day, with over 20 air quality monitoring stations flashing a red warning, indicating generally unhealthy air, Wednesday morning.

As of 10 a.m. the Environmental Protection Administration's (EPA) Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed either an orange or red warning in most areas south of Miaoli County, signaling either unhealthy air for sensitive groups or for the general public, respectively.

Only four stations in central and southern Taiwan and in outlying counties registered either good or moderate air quality, the AQI network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/) showed.

Over one-third of monitoring stations in northern Taiwan also flashed an orange warning, according to the network.

The EPA said Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) is reducing its electricity output at the Taichung Power Plant, the Hsieh-ho Power Plant in Keelung and the Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung, all of which burn coal, to bring down air pollution emissions.

The Taichung Power Plant is expected to lower output by 1,100 MW for the day, while the one in Keelung will lower it by 1,050 MW and the one in Kaohsiung by 800 MW.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel