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Pollution: Airborne Particles

Volume 713: debated on Thursday 22 October 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government why they have not submitted a time extension notification to the European Commission for dangerous airborne particles (PM10) in Gibraltar; and when they plan to do so. [HL5684]

Following public consultation, the UK Government submitted a notification to the European Commission in April for additional time to meet the PM10 limit values for those few parts of the UK where there have been exceedences since 2005 (http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/air/airquality/eu-int/eu-directives/airqual-directives/notification.htm).

Environmental issues in Gibraltar are a matter for the Government of Gibraltar. A supplementary time extension notification for PM10 exceedences in Gibraltar is in preparation and expected to be ready in spring 2010. The Government of Gibraltar are working to complete data assessments on identifying the sources of exceedences and the contribution of natural sources.