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Saturday 26 of September 2020

Pacchiano: New Vehicle Regulations Ready in Three Weeks


The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis activated Phase 1 ozone Environmental Contingency, Tuesday, applying double Hoy No Circula,photo: Notimex/Nicolás Tavira
The Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis activated Phase 1 ozone Environmental Contingency, Tuesday, applying double Hoy No Circula,photo: Notimex/Nicolás Tavira
Natural Resources and Environmental Secretariat chief expects to see tighter enforcement

A new vehicular regulation for the Valley of Mexico has already progressed significantly and will be made public in no less than three weeks, said the head of the Natural Resources and Environmental Secretariat (Semarnat), Rafael Pacchiano Alamán.

“Regarding vehicle regulations, we are very ahead in the process. We are in the last stages with Mexico City and member states of the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAMe) and expect it to be enforced at the beginning of July,” Pacchiano Alamán said. “We are working with the scientific committee to establish long-term measures, to be presented in the second half of the year.”

In an interview with the program Primero Noticias, he said that 26 standards will be reviewed and updated in a package of medium-term environmental measures.

We are working with the scientific committee to establish long-term measures, to be presented in the second half of the year,”
-Rafael Pacchiano, Secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment

Pacchiano Alamán said the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Environmental Protection (Profepa) is already inspecting industries that pollute, and those that ignore restrictions or do not let in inspectors will be closed.

It is important that the public understand that measures are being strengthened and “we want to be stricter with pollution thresholds to improve health and prevent diseases for those who are most vulnerable,” he said.

Pacchiano Alamán predicted that this afternoon pollution will disperse due to the strong winds in the region and at 3:00 p.m. there will be a new report, “to see if we can lift the pollution alert.”

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Translation by JMR