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Air Pollution

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at how many sites in England levels of (a) carbon monoxide, (b) sulphur dioxide and (c) nitrogen dioxide are monitored. (204301)

The number of sites monitoring levels of the pollutants is currently in flux due to preparations for the implementation of the EU Directive on Ambient Air Quality and Cleaner Air for Europe. The number of sites currently in operation is as follows:

Number of sites

(i)

Carbon monoxide

26

(ii)

Sulphur dioxide

45

(iii)

Nitrogen dioxide

104

Once the directive monitoring requirements are fully implemented the number of sites will be:

Number of sites

(i)

Carbon monoxide

26

(ii)

Sulphur dioxide

45

(iii)

Nitrogen dioxide

120