Published On: Mon, Jun 1st, 2015

Smoc: Absurd emissions of SO2 and particulate matter in May

Oil refineryWILLEMSTAD – “It seems as if the government doesn’t care much about the emission of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and particulate matter (TSP, such as the green deposits on houses, but Smoc does. The people living under the smoke constantly show that they are fed up.”

This is according to the Clean Environment Foundation in Curaçao (Smoc) in the monthly images-stories-2015-06-01-5743877-350x329update on their website. The foundation claims that they were inundated with calls from concerned citizens in the last month.

Smoc cites the preliminary air monitoring data for the month of May, which is indicated by the government on the website

Beth Chaim“The concern of the people living under the smoke is justified, as it shows with, at least, the first measurements. At the height of the measuring stations Beth Chaim and Kas Chikitu, the WHO standards for sulfur dioxide were exceeded fifty times.” Said Smoc, which once again sites the standards of the World Health Organization. It states that a person should not be exposed to the levels of 500 micrograms per cubic meter longer than ten minutes and the 24 hour average of 20 micrograms per cubic meter.

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