To monitor air quality we investigate air pollutants such
as benzene, 1,3-butadine, carbon monoxide, lead compounds, nitrogen
dioxide, particulate matter (known as PM10) and sulphur
If the monitoring shows that any pollutants
exceed threshold levels, a detailed assessment is undertaken
to determine the extent and identify the source of the
pollution. If the detailed assessment shows that there are
excessive levels in a relevant location then we will declare an Air
Quality Management Area and draw up an action plan to control air
quality and safeguard the health of the public.
We have also published our Air Quality Strategy which
describes how we will undertake our duties with regards to air
pollution. Since 2000, we have undertaken a range of assessments
and progress reports.
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