Cenro seeks study on air quality in the city    

THE CITY Environment and Natural Resources Officer (Cenro) is eyeing to make an inventory of carbon emissions in the city.

Cenro chief Elisa Madrazo said that her office is planning to do this to determine the city’s quality of air.

“We will do this to come up with programs to air quality in the city at its best,” she said. Doing so will mean computing emissions of operating buildings and plying vehicles in the city.

Madrazo said that she is going to propose this to city officials to craft an executive order. She said the technical working group should be organized before the year ends.

Although she has yet to check the agencies involved in this group, the City Planning and Development Office will be a partner agency in the inventory that will also improve exiting efforts to keep smoke belching at bay.

There are 36 personnel in the anti-smoke belching units under the Cenro. These personnel are deployed in the city’s streets and roads to ensure that no vehicle is operating that has not undergone emission testing.

She said that the Cenro motor pool in Maa has apprehended 60 vehicles in 2015.

According to the Department of Health, smoke belching vehicles on the road shall be subjected to emission testing by properly equipped enforcement teams from the DOTC, LTO and/or its deputized agents. Violators, as stated in RA 8749 (or the Clean Air Act) are subjected to fines of up to P5,000 and seminars on pollution management.

The same law states that clean fuels are needed to achieve clean air and that fuel manufacturers should lower the sulfur content of industrial and automotive diesel, respectively, from 0.5 percent to 0.3 percent and from 0.2 percent to 0.05 percent.

Maximum amounts of toxic aromatics in unleaded gasoline should also be lowered from 45 percent to 35 percent. Benzene in unleaded gasoline should also be lowered from four percent to two percent.

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