Heavy Haze from China Expected to Sweep Across Taiwan

Heavy Haze from China Expected to Sweep Across Taiwan
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The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) warns, starting from 5 pm on December 15, PM2.5 will start spreading all over Taiwan at about 70 to 100 micrograms per cubic meter. Adding on to the existing serious air pollution, the air quality of Taiwan will become even worse.

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Starting from December 15, thick smog of PM2.5 will sweep across most of Taiwan, with northeast seasonal winds bringing haze from Mainland China all the way to Taiwan.

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) warns, starting from 5 pm on December 15, PM2.5 will start spreading all over Taiwan at about 70 to 100 micrograms per cubic meter. Adding on to the existing serious air pollution, the air quality in Taiwan will become even worse.

Also, Eastern Taiwan and the outer islands might be affected by the air pollution and it is expected to worsen after 4 pm on December 16.

Storm Media reports, according to Cai Hung-de, director of the EPA’s environmental monitoring, this is the first haze that will affect Taiwan coming from China. The haze will arrive in northern Taiwan first and then spread to central and southern Taiwan.

UDN reports, Cai says that according to the monitoring data, Wanli, Keelung and Matsu have already been affected by the haze and the reading of PM2.5 in the monitoring stations have reached up to 60 micrograms per cubic meter, which meets the standard of the red alert.

According to EPA regulations, emergency measures will be implemented if the PM2.5 level reaches up to 250 micrograms per cubic. Cai says, “It should not exceed 250 micrograms per cubic."

Liberty Times reports, the EPA has notified all of the education bureaus of local governments, and the education departments can evaluate the situation to take steps to protect the health of students.

The EPA has required local governments to decide whether to ban outdoor activities at elementary and junior high schools on their own if needed.

PM2.5 readings at monitoring stations in Kaohsiung and Pingtung areas reached the standards of the red alert this morning. The EPA believes that poor atmospheric dispersion affected the monitoring stations and also led to the high concentration of fine airborne particulate matter. The EPA calls on people to stay indoors and wear masks outdoors.

Please refer to the air quality monitoring network to check real-time air quality conditions.

Translated by June
Edited by Olivia Yang

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