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Air quality in East Dorset

Air quality across East Dorset is reviewed in accordance with a three year review and assessment timetable to check compliance with the National Air Quality Standards. The council is required to report annually on the air quality levels.

You can view the annual reports from the current round of review and assessment below:

Air Quality Annual Status report 2016 (pdf, 1Mb) (opens in a new window)

Air quality updating and screening assessment 2015 (pdf, 859kb) (opens in a new window)

Air quality progress report 2014 (pdf, 649kb) (opens in a new window)

Air quality progress report 2013 (pdf, 668kb) (opens in a new window)

Air quality updating and screening assessment 2012 (pdf, 766kb) (opens in a new window)

If you require reports from the previous rounds then please get in contact with the public health department using the contact details below.

What are the National Air Quality Objectives?

The  UK air quality objectives (pdf, 15kb) (opens in a new window) are set by central government for seven pollutant parameters;

  • Benzene

  • 1.3 Butadiene

  • Particulates (PM10)

  • Carbon monoxide (CO)

  • Sulphur dioxide (SO2)

  • Nitrogen dioxide (NO2)

  • Lead (Pb)

If an assessment of the air quality in East Dorset identifies an exceedance or likely exceedance of the objective for one of these pollutant parameters then the council will have to carry out a more detailed assessment for that pollutant.  If the exceedance is confirmed then the council would declare an air quality management area (AQMA).  An AQMA will define the area where the exceedance is occurring and will have an action plan to reduce the pollutant levels so that the objective is being complied with.

What is the air quality like in East Dorset?

Air quality in East Dorset has been assessed annually against the National Air Quality Objectives and there have been no occasions when these reviews have identified that the objectives are being exceeded. There is therefore no requirement for East Dorset to declare or consider declaring an AQMA.

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