The domestically-produced diesel fuel has been blamed for the heavy air pollution that has plagued major Iranian cities in recent days, according to a government published report.
“The main cause of air pollution in Iran’s mega cities is the diesel fuel produced domestically,” Mohammadreza Pir-Cheraghali, a fuel expert of the Iranian regime, told the state-run news agency ISNA on Saturday.
“The reason for the air pollution, especially in winter, is the heavy hydrocarbons produced in oil refineries and petrochemical complexes that reach consumers as diesel fuel,” he said.
Two premier league football matches were postponed on Sunday, state media said, as air pollution more than twice the acceptable level persisted in the capital.
Severe air pollution earlier this week had already forced the regime to close schools for three days in and around the capital, where an estimated 14 million people live.
The Air Quality Index in Tehran on Sunday stood at 132, a regime official told state television, well above the World Health Organization’s advised level of between zero and 50.