Mexico City Pollution Alert
March 19, 2016 by staff
Mexico City Pollution Alert, An air-pollution emergency alert that has been in effect in Mexico City for days was lifted on Thursday, according to city officials.
The multi-day pollution alert which began on Monday is the first the city has faced in more than a decade. To tackle the emergency, city officials imposed temporary measures to combat the sources of air pollution.
Ozone levels hit 203 points on Monday, when the emergency alert started. One-hundred-eighty points is the threshold for emergency alert measures that take children off playgrounds and cars off the roads.
On Thursday, Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera told radio listeners that, “We’re paying the price,” for high emissions levels and polluting activities.
Although the emergency alert was lifted on Thursday, smog had reached 1.3 times the acceptable level of air pollution by the afternoon.
The emergency alert prompted Mexico City officials like Mancera and federal environmental secretary Rafael Pacchiano to reevaluate Mexico’s existing environmental measures.
Mexico City is the largest city in Mexico, a sprawling metropolis of over 20 million people (including suburbs). There are an estimated 10 million cars in city, though only a small portion of those cars are registered.
Due to low registration rates, there is correspondingly low compliance with Mexico City’s emissions regulations. It is easy to buy off emissions testing facilities, which can be bribed for as little as $29 dollars, according to consumer watch group El Poder del Consumidor.
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