Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration recently ran 20 air-quality tests in public spaces, including stores, during the first quarter of the year, UDN reported. Eight spaces failed tests, one of which was Costco in Taipei’s Neihu District. According to the EPA data, CO2 in the store exceeded acceptable levels.
The EPA tested for a variety of particles and chemicals in the air, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and bacteria, as well as particle size less than 10 microns (μm).
Of the eight spaces that failed tests, seven improved air quality when retested. The only space that did not improve was the Costco store. The EPA will levy a fine of NT$50,000-250,000 until the air quality meets minimum standards.
The EPA plans a second round of air quality tests at KTVs, cinemas, museums, financial institutions and other industrial spaces.