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The Environmental Protection Agency manages the national ambient air quality monitoring network. We are heavily involved in monitoring the levels of nitrogen dioxide in Co. Dublin. Levels of nitrogen dioxide measured at a Dublin city centre monitoring station in 2009 were above the 2010 NO2 annual limit value which came into force on 1 January 2010. There were no exceedances of the limit value in 2010.
In accordance with Article 22 of the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2011, the four Dublin local authorities prepared an Air Quality Management Plan to improve levels of NO2 in the Dublin region (Zone A) and comply with the limit value. Traffic emissions are the main cause of the high nitrogen dioxide in Dublin and the plan is concerned with measures to reduce these emissions.
Tha plan is available on the websites of the four Dublin local authorities: Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
The four local authorities in the Dublin region took the initiative to produce a regional air quality management plan covering the 2009-2012 period. This plan is primarily directed at protecting the valuable asset of good air quality in the region and particularly of ensuring that adverse air quality does not impact on the most vulnerable of the population whether their vulnerability is due to occupation, age, existing health conditions or other factors.
The plan is available on the websites of some of the four local authorities in the Dublin region: Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Fingal County Council and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.
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