(1) A press conference was held on 13 April to announce the launch of Indoor Air Quality Voluntary Control Label in June to safeguard the health of sensitive groups. The EPA will promote the Label to encourage venues to establish a healthier indoor environment by voluntarily improving indoor air quality. The EPA will review the system on a rolling basis to better understand the effects of the voluntary control label and make further improvements.
(2) The Regulations Concerning Food and Beverage Industry Air Pollution Control Equipment Management (餐飲業空氣污染防制設施管理辦法) were announced on 5 February. Apart from collecting relevant questions, the EPA organized seminars in the north on 16 April and in the south on 19 April to help answer questions from enterprises in person. Local environmental bureaus have been asked to provide needed assistance and supervise enterprises’ improvement measures. To properly control fugitive air pollution, the EPA will assess the formulation of administrative regulations for special facilities to lower difficulties in actual practice.
(3) A forum was held on 23 April to allow the exchange of ideas on airborne dust control in riverbeds. Approximately 85 people from the MOEA’s Water Resources Agency, River Management Offices, COA’s Forestry Bureau, and local environmental bureaus were in attendance, sharing successful experiences in controlling and improving airborne dust in riverbeds. Participants talked about discovering problems by listening to the locals and overcoming various difficulties via management platforms, joint inspections, response measures, communications, and coordination. Moreover, the forum emphasized the importance of customized measures based on location and time period. For instance, using residual materials from agricultural production as mulch serves multiple purposes, such as effective sand stabilization, a channel for waste disposal, and increasing plant survival rates. In the Zhuoshui River region, the occurrence of airborne dust incidents in 2020 is 85% less than that in 2017, and the average particulate matter concentration in 2020 is a 44% drop from that in 2017. All of that has contributed to a better living environment for local residents.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, Apr 2021
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)