Yesterday thousands of protesters rallied in Taichung and Kaohsiung to protest against air pollution, asking the government to amend the current Air Pollution Act and calling the government to pay more attention to the air quality in central and southern Taiwan.
Anti-air pollution! Recovering blue sky!
Holding up slogans and banners, over three thousand protesters from Tainan, Kaohsiung and Pingtung participated in the anti-air pollution demonstration.
==PROTESTER junior high school student ==
The green on my face means my hope, no matter in Kaohsiung or whole Taiwan, restore our nature-like environment.
In southern Taiwan, over 190 days a year, residents have suffered from unhealthy air. Some areas were caused by pollution made within the cities while some were influenced by other cities such as Pingtung County has suffered from neighboring city.
==LU TAI-YING Dir., Pingtung County Environmental Protection Bureau==
2/3 of pollution came from other cities. During winters, 1/4 of pollution came from the upwind area. The pollution made within Pingtung County limits was only 1/12. No matter what, we have to start from ourselves, minimize this 1/12.
The air quality indexes from last winter, Kaohsiung had serious unhealthy indexes especially the districts of Siaogang, Zuoying and Daying ranked the top three. Environmental protection groups petitioned to the government for amending the Air Pollution Act and urged starting with energy policy.
==CHEN CHIAO-HUA Chief Convener, Kaohsiung Anti-Air Pollution Demonstration==
The Dalin Power Plant cannot use bituminous coal for generating electricity. We demand them using natural gas.
==YANG WEI-FUU Vice-Minister, Ministry of Economic Affairs==
Regarding the coal-burning power plant, as long as the plant is to make facility improvement, we urge them to make improvements based on modern technology, in order to assure the plant meets the standards of air pollution emissions.
The Ministry of Economic Affairs commits to have gas-burning power plant increased to 50% by 2025. The Environmental Protection Agency emphasizes, it is to complete Air Pollution Draft before June of this year.