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Heathrow Airport: Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many schools within the boundaries of areas surrounding Heathrow airport currently have air quality with a nitrogen dioxide level of 40 micrograms/m3 or greater. (254120)

The technical report “Population Exposure to Air Pollution”, published as part of the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation in November 2007, shows (Table 3.4) 16 ‘sensitive receptors’ (which includes schools) with nitrogen dioxide levels above the limit of 40 micrograms/m3 in 2002. Data for the current year are not available but no such exceedances are predicted in 2010 or future years, with or without airport expansion.