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Weekly Report - 05 May 2016 (WR-16-17)

MEXICO: Environmental emergency declared

The Valle de México metropolitan area that surrounds Mexico’s capital was placed under environmental emergency by the Megalópolis environmental commission (Came), the federal body that governs the area, on 2 May. This is the second time this year that such an emergency has been declared and drastic measures, such as limiting the number of motor vehicles that can circulate, have been adopted in the Valle de México since 2002, when Mexico decided to tackle its air pollution problems head on and adopt comprehensive measures to help improve the air quality here and across the country. While the need to improve air quality in the Valle de México is not under question, the drastic measures implemented by Came have proved controversial, with some sectors complaining that they have a significant negative economic impact.

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