Alicante, among the cities without protocol regarding episodes of air pollution – Alicante

Alicante, like most large Spanish cities, has not launched a effective protocol against episodes of air pollution. The hecho, only fifteen urban areas have them -when the concentration of air pollutants exceeds sanitary or legal levels- and also none is adapted to the state framework protocol approved in 2021, as Ecologistas en Acción warns today.

This is the situation despite the fact that, in 2007 the state law on air quality and protection of the atmosphere forced the adoption of this type of instrument to protect public health in all agglomerations and municipalities with a population of more than 100,000 inhabitants (currently sixty-four), according to the organization, in a press release. These are the Asturian cities of Aviles, Gijon and Oviedo (by means of an autonomous protocol) and of the city councils of A Coruña, Barcelona, ​​Gijón, León, Madrid, Murcia, Seville, Valencia, Valladolid and Zaragozain addition to the main towns of the metropolitan areas of Barcelona and Madridapplying regional protocols.

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Cities as important as AlicanteBilbao, Cartagena, Córdoba, Elche, Granada, Málaga, Palma, Las Palmas, Pamplona, ​​Santa Cruz, Vigo or Vitoria “lack protocols against episodes of contamination”, despite the fact that the Government and the autonomous communities approved in July 2021 the short-term Framework Action Plan for air pollution episodes.

The few protocols against episodes of poor air quality in force to date are “very different, both in terms of the pollutants considered (generally particles and/or nitrogen dioxide) and in the thresholds for the application of the measures and the scope of the same, which should incorporate immediate and extensive restrictions on the movement of cars or the point sources responsible for the episodes, in each case”.

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