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Mexico

Mexico City Declares First Air Pollution Alert Since 2005

Environment office attributes the conditions to a high-pressure system and intense sunlight

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2 years ago

MEXICO CITY – The Mexico City government declared its first air pollution alert in 11 years Monday after ozone levels reached almost twice the acceptable limit.

The measure requires older and more heavily polluting vehicles to stay off the road Tuesday, in an attempt to improve air quality.

The city’s environment office attributed the conditions to a high-pressure system and intense sunlight.

Mexico City used to regularly reach high smog levels, before a rule was introduced to discourage cars more than 8 years old. That rule was recently relaxed by a court order, and environmental activists and officials say that has led to more cars on city streets.

Ozone is a component of smog that can cause respiratory problems. Mexico City’s last city alert for ozone was in 2002. The last pollution alert for air particles was in 2005.

Mexico City sits in a high mountain valley, where the surrounding mountains can trap pollutants and prevent them from dispersing. The city is 7,350 feet (2,240 meters) above sea level.

The alert declared Monday also limits highly polluting industrial processes, and officials recommend that people stay indoors and not perform vigorous exercise outdoors.

CIUDAD DE MÉXICO, 14MARZO2016.- El Gobierno de la Ciudad de México anunció que la Contingencia Ambiental Fase I decretada por la Comisión Ambiental de la Megalópolis (CAMe) en la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México (ZMVM), señalando que se reforzará la vigilancia ambiental, a través de la Dirección de Vigilancia Ambiental de la Secretaría del Medio Ambiente (SEDEMA). FOTO: CUARTOSCURO.COM

Mexico City government announced an environment alert and said it will reinforce emergency measures. Photo: Cuartoscuro.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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