PM2.5 air qual­ity stan­dard will go into af­fect in 2016

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The PM2.5 air qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing and sim­u­la­tion stan­dard has been added to the Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Act, and will take ef­fect on Jan­uary 1, 2016, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion (EPA) said Mon­day.

The amend­ment to the Air Pol­lu­tion Con­trol Act is aimed at strength­en­ing the con­trol of emis­sions of sta­tion­ary sources of air pol­lu­tion by the na­tion’s in­dus­tries.

The steel in­dus­try, petro­chem­i­cal in­dus­try, and elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion in­dus­try which are emit­ting a large num­ber of par­tic­u­lates, volatile or­ganic com­pounds, ni­tro­gen ox­ide, and oxy­sul­fide in Tai­wan will be the sec­tors pri­mar­ily af­fected af­ter the amend­ment goes into ef­fect, the EPA said.

The term PM2.5 refers to par­ti­cles 2.5 mi­crons or smaller in di­am­e­ter, which are con­sid­ered par­tic­u­larly dan­ger­ous be­cause they are of­ten com­posed of sub­stances like heavy met­als that are very toxic and are minute enough to travel deep into hu­man lungs.

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