Poor air quality expected in most of western Taiwan
Taipei, Nov. 8 (CNA) The weather is expected to be stable, but the air quality will be so poor Thursday that Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) was planning to reduce the power-generating capacity of three power plants, according to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).
Due to the lack of wind to disperse atmospheric pollutants, the Air Quality Index (AQI) flashed an orange alert in northern Taiwan, Hsinchu and Miaoli Thursday, indicating unhealthy levels for sensitive groups.
The air quality in central Taiwan, Yunlin, Chiayi, Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung was likely to be unhealthy for the general public, with the AQI flashing a red alert, the EPA's monitoring network showed.
Yilan, Hualien, Taitung and the outlying Kinmen, Matsu and Penghu islands will be the only regions with good to moderate air quality, according to the EPA.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, 26 air quality monitoring stations in western Taiwan recorded a red alert, prompting Taipower to reduce power generation at the coal-fired Taichung Power Plant, the Hsiehho Power Plant in Keelung and the Hsinta Power Plant in Kaohsiung, the EPA said.
Meanwhile, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicted that the weather is likely to be fair with sporadic showers in northern coastal areas, southern mountainous areas and the east, with daytime highs of up to 30 degrees Celsius across Taiwan.
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