Thousands in southern Taiwan petition for better air quality control

Thousands of residents from southern Taiwan have petitioned online for the Legislature to pass an amendment to the Air Pollution Control Act to enable better air quality management, environmentalists said Thursday.

About 7,200 residents from Pingtung County and Kaohsiung City have joined the signature drive, which asks the Legislature to pass an amendment that requires the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to adopt a total volume control mechanism on air pollutants, according to Citizen of the Earth, Taiwan, organizer of the petition.

The mechanism will help local governments better control air quality, Wang Min-ling, deputy secretary-general of the environmental group, said at a press conference.

The petition also asks local weather channels to broadcast air quality daily to help citizens better prepare themselves for hazy days, she said.

The severity of air pollution in southern Taiwan is illustrated in a recent survey conducted between January and October this year, Wang said.

The survey showed air monitoring stations in southern Taiwan recorded a high level on the Pollutant Standards Index more often than other areas of the country, Wang said.

via Thousands in southern Taiwan petition for better air quality control – CNA ENGLISH NEWS.

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