Sun, Jun 25, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take: Indoor air to be regulated

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday unveiled a draft law aimed at controlling the indoor air quality of public establishments and office buildings. The draft law stipulates that the concentrations of pollutants such as carbon dioxide, suspended particulates, volatile organics and bacteria in indoor environments must not exceed the EPA-recommended levels for indoor air. Research indicates that people can display symptoms such as drowsiness, itchy eyes and dry throat after staying for long periods in an indoor environment where the air quality is bad, the official said. After the law is enacted, it will first be applied to public establishments and then expanded to cover other facilities. Violators will be subject to fines of up to NT$25,000 (US$765) and will be required to make improvements.

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