Contingency Phase One due to High Pollution in Mexico Capital

Mexico, Mar 16 (Prensa Latina) Vehicle restrictions have been activated, reported the Environmental Commission of Megalopolis (CAME) in the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico, which includes the capital.

This is due to high levels of ozone concentration in the area, the highest in 11 years.

The first phase of an environmental contingency has been implemented after almost two days of pre-alert and poor air quality.

There have been 50 environmental contingencies since 1988. The most recent was in January 2005 when the index reached 167 Imeca points for suspended particles (PM10), that is, solid or liquid particles of dust, ash, soot, metal , cement or pollen, whose diameter is less than 10 thousandths of a millimeter.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa) reported that they are carrying out a tour of inspection of industry under federal jurisdiction, so as to check the reduction of productive activities which involve combustion processes.

In the metropolitan area of the Valley of Mexico there are over 3,400 companies under federal jurisdiction that may be emitting pollutants to the air.

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