Mexico City Lifts 5-Day Smog Alert


Authorities here lifted a five-day smog alert Sunday and threatened legal action against nine firms for allegedly failing to cut back on emissions or denying access to inspectors during the alert.

The statement gave no details over what the likely sanctions would be.

City Hall said the smog alert was lifted because ozone levels had fallen and weather conditions had improved.

This was the longest alert since October 1996 for the city of 18 million, which has suffered high pollution levels for decades from vehicle exhaust and factory effluents.

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