Nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in Central Madrid increased in July and August coinciding with the "diverse and contradictory" political and judicial decisions that affected the central area free of emissions, according to a report by Ecologists in Action released on Friday .
According to this study, the meters of the Plaza del Carmen recorded during July 35 micrograms per cubic meter (µg / m3), better than the average in the previous nine years, although it reflects a break in the trend of the previous quarter – from April to June- in which the levels were lower and coinciding with the validity of the fines.
Ecologists say in a note that the reduction of pollution in the capital has been affected by the "uncertainty and confusion" generated by the new municipal government regarding the sanctions – a moratorium decreed from July to September – and the manifestations of politicians on the continuity or transformation of Central Madrid.
At the end of last June, after their arrival in the local Government in substitution of the Government of Manuela Carmena, the PP and Citizens approved a moratorium on fines in Central Madrid between July 1 and September 30.
However, on July 5, the Court paralyzed this moratorium cautiously without the possibility of having its decision appealed.
As a result of such "ups and downs", Plaza del Carmen "has gone from being the best stations in the network in nitrogen dioxide to be again among the worst," says Ecologists, although it states that the recorded values are lower than the average of the last decade.
According to the data in the report, the records of Plaza del Carmen have been worse than those of the network average during July and August: 35 and 33 micrograms of NO2 per µg / m³ of air respectively, compared to an average of 26 µg / m³ in the network during both months.
Last April, in the same area, a lower average value of 5 µg / m³ was obtained from the rest of the network, and only 1 µg / m³ higher in May and June.
The figures studied reflect, according to Ecologists in Action, that between April and June Plaza del Carmen, which had become one of the stations that registered the lowest levels of NO2 in the entire network, "in the last two months it has returned among the worst stations in the network. "
The environmental organization recalls that on July 25 the European Commission denounced Spain before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) for breaching the European air quality regulations in Madrid and in the Catalan cities of Barcelona and Vallès-Baix Llobregat "where the legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have been persistently exceeded."
A few days later, the City Council brought together thirty social organizations at the Madrid Central monitoring table and announced that at the end of September it will announce its plan against pollution for the entire capital based on the current Air Quality Plan A.
According to the study of Ecologists, last January and February, "with particularly adverse weather conditions" and Central Madrid operating during the test period, the records reached in Plaza del Carmen were in line with the lower values recorded in previous years.
Ecologists believe that Madrid Central will achieve its objectives if it has "a clear framework for operation, stability over time and full institutional support to achieve the necessary social involvement, which entails significant changes in the behavior of drivers."
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