EPA issues air pollution warning for central, southern Taiwan

Taipei--The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) issued an air pollution warning on Tuesday for central and southern Taiwan.

As of noon Tuesday, the air quality in the northern and central Taiwan was rated as "moderate" on the EPA's scale, which takes into account ozone, PM2.5 and PM10 particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide concentrations in the air.

Air quality considered unhealthy for sensitive groups was seen in Yunlin and Chiayi counties and Tainan and Kaohsiung cities, while the only areas with good air quality Tuesday were Taitung County and Hengchun in the southernmost part of Taiwan.

The EPA forecast slightly worse air quality on Wednesday and Thursday, reaching "unhealthy" levels in Kaohsiung and Pingtung, according to the EPA's Taiwan Air Quality Monitoring Network (http://taqm.epa.gov.tw/taqm/en/AqiForecast.aspx).

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel