The PRD urges to strengthen monitoring instruments and coverage of air quality, in the face of contaminant concentrations in the Valley of Mexico

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Méixoc.- Given the alarming concentrations of ozone and pollutants that affect the health of the population, the president of the Commission on Climate Change and Sustainability in the Chamber of Deputies, Edna Gisel Díaz Acevedo (PRD), urged to take measures to reduce and mitigate the impacts that, in this matter, are registered in Mexico, particularly in what refers to the Megalopolis that involves the 16 mayors of Mexico City, and 224 municipalities of the states of Mexico, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala.

In this sense, the legislator made a call to the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (formed since 2013 by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Governments of the City and the state of Mexico; Hidalgo; Morelos; Puebla, and Tlaxcala) to fulfill the objective for which it was formed and to implement the planning and execution of actions in matters of environmental protection, and the preservation and restoration of the ecological balance of this region in which more than 35 million people live.

In a statement, he considered alarming that, only during the month of May and in the first week of June, the Ozone Environmental Contingency in the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico, in its phase I, has been activated on at least eight occasions. .

“Our country is lagging behind in the application of clean technologies, because there is a separation between politics and science on the issue of air quality and climate change,” he said.

It is necessary, affirmed the deputy in her proposal, to improve the mechanisms that include developing surveillance systems and expanding the coverage of air monitoring, to identify the concentration levels of ozone and other pollutants such as particles smaller than 10 and 2.5 microns that negatively impact people’s health, in order to promptly report increases in such concentrations, and prevent the population, as well as reduce environmental contingencies.

He also considered it important to work on a new environmental management instrument, which responds to the current problems and needs of the Metropolitan Zone of the Valley of Mexico (ZMVM).

Due to the foregoing, it presented a point of agreement before the Permanent Commission of the Congress of the Union to exhort the Environmental Commission of the Megalopolis (CAME), the Secretariats of Environment, Natural Resources and Communications and Transportation of the Governments of Mexico City, State of Mexico, Hidalgo, Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala, to develop a new environmental management instrument.

According to data from the National Institute of Public Health, demographic growth in Mexico has been urban, with a mega-city of more than 10 million inhabitants, 10 large cities with between one and five million inhabitants, and 22 intermediate cities with between 500,000 and 1 million inhabitants, added the deputy.

It is evident that, due to the exponential demographic growth in various cities, the productive force and its expansion have been concentrated, increasing distances, promoting the use of motor vehicles and generating a greater emission of pollutants into the atmosphere, for which it is urgent to take measures before the cases of asthma, heart attacks and lung cancer, among other conditions, increase, he concluded.

With information from the Chamber of Deputies

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