This project is a cooperative effort for the promotion of fixed pollution source auditing and control enforced by Environmental Protection Bureau of Taichung City Government as the attempt to stay on top of air pollutant emissions and realize the air pollution control policy of the Environmental Protection Administration. This annual project consisted of auditing efforts on specific trades and regulation compliance, management, review and file establishment of regular inspections. It was performed to stay in control of fixed pollution sources, maintain the most up to date information of the fixed pollution sources and provide reference materials for control performance evaluation and policy development. Also the auditing, inspection and pollution reporting efforts pushed business owners to realize pollution control and improvement and make public the government’s determination and direction of air pollution control.
This project joined force with the designated industrial park inspections in 2012 from Apr 4 2012 to Jan 31 2013 and inspections were performed on 275 businesses, including 113 in Taichung City Industrial Park, 138 in Dajia Industrial Park, 20 in Taichung Export Processing Zone, 2 in Taichung City Precision Machinery Innovation Technology Park and 2 in Lin Xing Industrial Park. For the industrial park fingerprint database update and expansion, samples were taken from 68 businesses for analysis and data update and 203 points were accumulated including 3 for sample taking at the surrounding of emergency air pollution response events. Also pollutant survey was carried out at Taichung Industrial Park and high risk areas by providing 4 sessions of perimeter monitoring and survey using OP-FTIR. 10 sessions of continuous surveillance on suspicious sources were conducted using CC-FTIR. 315 patrol inspections were performed on high-risk factories, including 172 on transferred cases, 10 on reported cases and 133 routine inspections. 10656 patrol missions were performed for the inspections of specific areas and 153 inspections on area reports with an average 15.3 cases/month (compared to 24.5 in 2011) and a decrease of 60% (Apr to Oct). Arrangement was made for the manpower that was assigned for specific area patrols to carry out night patrols of Donghai Borough, and 364 patrols were performed. For air pollutant auditing and testing, 106 samples were taken for exhaust duct or perimeter testing, 10,024 samples for random equipment and element inspection and 41 samples for testing of sulfur content in liquid fuel. 11 samples tailed the tests, including 1 for particles in exhaust duct, 4 for odor in exhaust duct, 3 for odor in perimeter and 3 for dioxin in exhaust duct. In addition, 7 sessions of heavy metal monitoring was carried out at the perimeter of specific areas.
For the management, review and file establishment of regular inspections, assistance was provided from Apr 1 for 1455 online reviews and 327 written report reviews, in total 1,782. 182 sessions of raid inspection were performed on the exhaust duct of fixed pollution sources. An exercise was organized on Jul 3 2012 at the west wharf of Taichung Harbor as part of the “Taichung City air pollution response and emergency handling mechanism,” and emergency response actions were initiated in major air pollution incidents and when the air quality was poor in the city. In addition, assistance was provided for the development “Taichung City Standards for Odor Emission of Fixed Pollution Source (draft)” by organizing 2 discussion sessions and 2 sessions of review and presentation for pollution reports of Donghai Borough.