EPA Provides Real Time Air Quality Monitoring in Kilkenny City

Date released: Feb 13 2012

Mr Phil Hogan, TD, Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government today visited the Kilkenny Regional Inspectorate of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and viewed the new air monitoring station for Kilkenny City.

Minister Hogan said,

“I am delighted that the EPA has established a new air monitoring station in Kilkenny. It means that the people of Kilkenny can now access up-to-date, real time air quality information, including the hourly air quality index for Kilkenny City, on the EPA’s website.”

Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA said,

“This station is the latest in the National Air Quality Monitoring Network which we use to assess air quality across the country and ensure levels of pollutants are below the limit values set by the EU to protect health.  The EPA provides readily accessible information to the general public on air quality across Ireland as part of this service.”

The EPA began monitoring air quality in Kilkenny City in January 2012. Monitoring is done using continuous monitors for two traffic-related pollutants, nitrogen oxides and ozone. Results are available in real time on the EPA website.

Laboratory analysis for all air monitoring stations in the country is carried out at the high-tech Kilkenny building.  This includes a new facility for analysing particulate matter to the required international standards.

Notes to Editor:

The new air monitoring station is located in the EPA Regional Inspectorate at Seville Lodge on the Callan Road. 

For the purpose of assessing and managing air quality, Ireland is divided into four zones; Dublin (A), Cork (B), 21 towns and cities with >15,000 population (C) and non- urban areas (D). Kilkenny is in Zone C of the country. The new station will supplement measurements in Zone C of two substances in air:

  • Oxides of nitrogen
  • Ozone