EPA Provides Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Newbridge

Date released: Jan 19 2010

Real time air quality data for Newbridge  is now available on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website. This work is part of a comprehensive assessment of air quality in all major cities and towns in Ireland.

The EPA began assessing air quality in Newbridge on 01 October 2009 using an EPA mobile laboratory located in a central location representative of air quality in Newbridge.  The assessment will take place over a period of approximately six months and concentrations of the following substances in air will be measured:

  • Oxides of nitrogen
  • Sulphur Dioxide
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • PM10
  • Benzene and Toluene

The European Union’s legislation on air quality require each country to be divided into zones for the purpose of assessing and managing air quality. Ireland is divided into four zones; Dublin (A), Cork (B), selected population centres >15,000 population (C) and non-urban areas (D).

Newbridge is in Zone C of the country. The EPA is using mobile air quality laboratories to carry out assessments of air quality around the country.  During each assessment, concentrations in air of the substances listed above are measured and compared to limit values set out in the European Union’s recent framework directive. A report is produced after each assessment.

Initial results from the assessment show that levels of all parameters being measured are well below limit values set for the protection of human health. Real time air quality results from the monitoring in Newbridge  can be viewed throughout the assessment on the EPA website.

The EPA gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Kildare County Council, and the HSE with the establishment of this site.

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours)