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Local Air Quality Management

Over the last few years the Government has become increasingly aware of the importance of air quality, recognising the effect of air pollutants on human health and the environment. Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 required the Government to produce a national airquality strategy containing standards and objectives and measures to achieve those objectives.

The National Air Quality Strategy published in 1997 fulfilled that requirement. In association with this Strategy,The Air Quality (England) Regulations 1997 were published which consisted of set standards for each pollutant that should be achievedby set dates.

In 2000 the Government published a second edition of this Strategy,The Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A new set of regulations were also published, The Air Quality(England) Regulations 2000 which over-rode the previous Regulations and consist of tighter standards for the prime air pollutants.

Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 also requires Local Authorities to periodically undertake reviews of the air quality in their districts and assess the present and likely future quality with regard to the standards prescribed by the Government, as laid out in The Air Quality(England) Regulations 1997 (revised 2000).

This review and assessment consisted of 4 stages, the initial Stage 1 is a collation of the sources of air pollution within the District and an analysis of whether a person might reasonably be exposed to any of these pollutants. The pollutants covered by the Regulations are:

  • Nitrogen Dioxide
  • Particulates
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Benzene
  • 1,3-Butadiene
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Lead
  • Ozone