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Air quality remains at a healthy level in Bridgend County Borough

09 November 2017

In a week where air pollution issues were once again in the news with many places across the UK reported as breaching World Health Organisation air pollution guidelines, Cabinet Members from Bridgend County Borough Council have heard that local air quality remains compliant with UK legal limits.

Forty four towns and cities across the UK have been found to have breached guidelines for Particulate Matter (PM2.5), which is mainly caused by road vehicle emissions.

But in Bridgend County Borough, the Local Air Quality Management Annual Progress Report 2017 - which reported on the monitored air quality during 2016 - found that air quality in Bridgend continues to meet EU limit values and UK national objectives.

The main pollutant which is most widely monitored in Bridgend is nitrogen dioxide. Mainly produced from vehicle emissions, it can cause respiratory illnesses and increases the occurrence of heart disease, particularly in the old and younger population.

Councillor Dhanisha Patel, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing and Future Generations, said: “Air quality, and specifically nitrogen dioxide, is monitored within Bridgend County Borough by one fixed real-time monitoring station and 23 nitrogen dioxide monitoring tubes, which are changed on a monthly basis during the year.

“These are predominately placed in areas with the heaviest volume of traffic, and where members of the public will be exposed. All monitoring is carried out in accordance with technical guidance issued by Welsh Government.”

Last Updated: 09/11/2017
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