In a recent meeting at Pattaya City Hall, Deputy Mayor Manot Nongyai, along with key officials, discussed the pressing issue of PM 2.5 air pollution in the area. Contrary to alarming media reports, the deputy mayor clarified that PM 2.5 levels in Pattaya are not as high as sensationalized.
Debunking the exaggerated claims, Deputy Mayor Nongyai explained that the reported Air Quality Index (AQI) is an overall measure of air quality in Pattaya, encompassing various pollutants like PM 2.5, PM 10, ozone, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. He revealed that the actual concentration of PM 2.5 particles in the air stands at approximately 40 micrograms, placing it in the orange or yellow range, which is still within acceptable limits.
Determined to tackle the issue head-on, Pattaya City has proactively initiated several measures. These include spraying water on roads to minimize dust, implementing strict regulations at construction sites to curb emissions, and imposing a ban on open burning, including forest fires and unauthorized outdoor burning. Violators of this ban will face serious legal consequences.
Deputy Mayor Nongyai stressed the vital importance of public awareness and urged residents to safeguard themselves by wearing N95 masks to mitigate PM 2.5 exposure. He advised residents to stay indoors whenever the warning code turns red, indicating higher pollution levels. Pattaya City remains committed to closely monitoring and implementing additional measures to combat air pollution in the area.
Rest assured, residents of Pattaya can breathe a little easier knowing that their local government is taking decisive action to address PM 2.5 pollution. Stay tuned for further updates and continue to prioritize your health by following the recommended precautions!
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