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With 221 Imeca points, Phase II of contingency is maintained in Valle de Toluca

TOLUCA, Mex.- Pollution increased to 221 points of the Air Quality Index (Imeca), in the nightly report at 8:00 p.m., thus maintaining the Phase II of Atmospheric Environmental Contingency in the Metropolitan Areas of Toluca Valley and Santiago Tianguistenco, reported authorities from the Ministry of the Environment (SMA).

Through the General Directorate for the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution (DGPCCA) the SMA reported that at 8:00 p.m. a maximum value of 221 points of the Air Quality Index of suspended particles was recorded, PM2.5 fraction (171 micrograms per cubic meter), at the San Cristóbal Huichochitlán (SC) station, in the Municipality of Toluca.

The meteorological conditions and the thermal inversion that contributed to the concentration of PM2.5 particles, continue to be adverse for their dispersion (weak wind and atmospheric stability). The meteorological forecast models indicate that this situation will continue, reported Environment authorities.

Therefore, they exhorted the Mexican population to continue supporting the reduction of emissions from all sources, especially in the burning of fireworks, firewood, bonfires and tires, reduce the use of cars and take measures to reduce the air pollution in industries, shops, services and at home.

The State Secretary of the Environment will continue with the surveillance and actions established by the Emergency Winter Program to Attend Atmospheric Environmental Contingencies and will report the evolution of the same morning, January 2 at 8:00 a.m.

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