TAIPEI (The China Post) – Air pollution has worsened in recent years, to the point that the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) was forced on March 11 to respond to requests of replacing PM 2.5 measurement equipment at the end of last year during a press conference.

近年來空氣汙染問題躍上檯面,昨(11)日環保署在記者會上對於去年年底提到要全面換新PM2.5儀器做出回應。

According to the Action Coalition for Healthy Air in Taiwan, the equipment bought in 2005 has been in operation until today, even though the agency promised in 2012 to purchase new equipment. As of the end of last year, only five stations have been replaced.

台灣健康空氣行動聯盟說,環署2005年買的儀器一直用到今天,2012年說有經費要買大量儀器,但到去年底只有5個測站更新。

The outdated equipment is still unable to provide real-time measurements, meaning that data collection is always delayed, the civil group said, before suggesting that the Control Yuan investigates the issue for the sake of better protecting the health of the public and their rights to know.

現在的儀器仍無法提供即時值,一直顯示延遲數據,這樣危害民眾健康、影響知的權利,監察院應該要調查。

The coalition further pointed out that the measurement system from the old equipment usually underestimates data, which often disappear too. Accordingly, the civil group argued that the air quality monitoring this year has been the worst ever.

台灣健康空氣行動聯盟指出,舊機數值被低估、多筆數據消失,新機數值比同區域其他測站都是增的多、減的少,因此2019年空品監測最黑暗的一年。

In response to criticism, the EPA said it did not promise to update all equipment at once but stressed that the agency will do its best to speed up the process of renewing such equipment and conduct proper calibration.

對此環保署回應,沒有承諾去年年底要換完,但會加緊腳步,因PM2.5儀器需要多次校對及更多時間才能更換。