the prefecture triggers the ozone pollution alert

The Bouches-du-Rhône prefecture has set up the ozone pollution alert this Thursday, June 16. Restrictions are in place to improve air quality.

The Bouches-du-Rhône will experience an episode of ozone pollution this Thursday. As such, the prefecture decided to validate the level 1 alert for the day. A device that comes with several restrictions and recommendations.

Speed ​​limits lowered

In terms of transport, the maximum speeds will be lowered by 20 km/h on the roads, without however falling below 70 km/h. Speed ​​controls will also be reinforced, as will vehicle pollution controls.

The prefecture also announces a strict ban on open-air burning of green waste. For their part, farmers will have to postpone the spreading of mineral and organic fertilizers.

The prefecture also specifies that “the main industrial emitters of volatile organic compounds and nitrogen oxides are implementing emergency measures to control their emissions”.

Avoid going out in the afternoon

For the most fragile people, this episode of pollution can cause breathing difficulties. The prefecture therefore recommends favoring short outings and avoiding going out in the afternoon.

“An exposure of a few hours to a few days to a peak of pollution can lead to eye or respiratory tract irritation, asthma attacks and aggravation of cardiovascular or respiratory disorders.”

It also asks residents to limit their trips by car, and to favor carpooling and public transport.

Air pollution is a recurring problem in the Bouches-du-Rhône, particularly in Marseille. A few days ago, environmental activists from the Extinction Rébellion association were to warn of poor air quality, which would lead to 2,500 premature deaths each year in Marseille.

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