Cities Develop Air Monitoring Networks

Tuesday, February 6, 2001

Several Colombian cities, including Magdalena department capital Barranquilla and Santander department capital Bucaramanga, are developing projects to implement air monitoring networks and should have them operational by year-end, a source connected to the projects told

These cities are following the lead of capital Bogota that has had an air monitoring network in place for the past few years, the source, from the air quality department of Bogota's environmental regulator Dama, said. Dama expects to introduce new measurement parameters into the 14-station network this year, the source continued.

Although Dama supports air quality projects in other cities, individual municipalities are responsible for carrying out the actual work, as well as contracting companies when necessary.

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Meanwhile, an atmospheric pollution control bill for Bogota submitted by Dama should be signed any day now, the source continued, explaining it has received final comments from the Environment Ministry and is now waiting for Dama's director to sign the bill. The bill was scheduled for signature last month.

The bill would require Bogota companies to invest some US$27.5mn through 2003 to comply with Dama's pollution control resolution, and would cover emissions from solid, liquid and gaseous external combustion processes from fixed sources, including carbon monoxide, particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, hydrocarbons and ozone.