Taiwan fails to meet even lax air pollution standards: Legislature

Taipei, A report from the Legislative Yuan has found that Taiwan has been unable to meet its relatively lax standards on particle pollution in the past few years, and has recommended that the central government file a written report annually on how it is combating poor air quality.

According to the March report from the Legislature's Legislative Research Bureau, the country's annual mean concentration levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5) were 24, 23.5, 22 and 20 micrograms per cubic meter (g/m3) for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.

While this shows an improvement in air quality, the figures are still much higher than the allotted concentration of 15 g/m3 annually, the report found.

Furthermore, the country's standards for particle pollution overall are lax compared with those of Japan, South Korea and the European Union.

At present, Taiwan's allotted concentration of PM10 over a 24-hour period is 125 g/m3, while those in the aforementioned three places range from 50 to 100 g/m3.

Moreover, Taiwan's National Health Research Institutes previously noted that Taiwan's allotted concentration level for PM2.5 is 15 g/m3 annually and 35 g/m3 over a 24-hour period, while that of the World Health Organization is 10 g/m3 per year and 25 g/m3 over a 24-hour period.

Given the country's inability to abide by its air quality standards and the increasing complaints from the public about air pollution, the Legislature is asking relevant central government agencies to work harder on the issue and present annual written reports on their progress to lawmakers, who will share any new developments with the public.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel