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The Sewer City denies that the municipality comply with the European emission levels of toluene and benzene in the air (05/11/2008)

According to recorded data for toluene, the highest peak recorded by the metering station Sewer was 0.55 milligrams per cubic meter of air (545.4 micrograms per cubic meter of air), on October 3 at 9 am.

The level of concentration of toluene from which can be observed health effects, is 188 milligrams per cubic meter of air. Therefore, the highest peak of the recorded is 350 times below the level of toluene with effects on health.

In the case of benzene, there was a peak of 0.024 milligrams per cubic meter of air (24.4 micrograms per cubic meter of air), on 12 July at 4am.

Returning as indicated by the Environmental Health Service, the concentration level of benzene from which can be observed health effects, is 160 milligrams per cubic meter of air.

That is, the highest peak of the recorded is 6600 times lower than the level of benzene with health effects.

Councillor for the Environment, Mercedes Hernandez, "the City Sewer maintains a constant flow of information with the Department of Planning, Evaluation and Environmental Control which is responsible for protection of the atmosphere, evaluating the levels and the measures taken.

Consider creating undue alarm among the population of Sewer and surrounding districts being done by local groups Socialist and United Left, especially when in our town are not in violation of the emission levels of toluene and benzene in the air from the legislation European. "

As already noted the general director of Planning, Evaluation and Environmental Control, Francisco José Espejo, "the data provided by the Network Control Air Quality indicate that there have been occasional peaks of these contaminants, but that does not mean they are failing levels of toluene and benzene allowed, if we consider these data together, in accordance with European standards. "

Therefore considered "unreasonable" to create public alarm.

In a statement from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water of the Autonomous Community of Murcia, competent in environmental matters, states that "since the regional government received the first complaint about the June 27, 2008, is analyzed the industrial situation in the area to identify the source of such contaminants.

Inspectors general direction has been made to date six visits to industries and have sampled the emissions of these gases. "

The Director General of Planning, Evaluation and Quality Control, said that "have held several meetings with the technicians of the company responsible and we are waiting for us to present the project to define the measures to be taken to minimize emissions , thus avoiding time events that occur today. "

Source: Ayuntamiento de Alcantarilla

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