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Summary: A new national ambient air quality monitoring programme is proposed under Section 65 of the EPA Act, to strengthen the capacity and capability to provide more comprehensive, localised air quality information linked to public health advice.
The EPA welcomes input from all stakeholders. Those wishing to comment are encouraged to do so by using the online facility at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SGRDMKX
Alternatively you can email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for comments is 5 p.m. on Friday 25th November 2016.
The accompanying consultation document presents the current status of Air Quality Monitoring and Reporting in Ireland, along with the recommended option for the overall development of ambient air quality monitoring over the next five years.
The consultation paper National Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Programme 2017-2022 provides a roadmap for the overall development of ambient air quality monitoring in Ireland over the next five years. Key elements include providing:
Through expanding the current national air monitoring programme, the EPA aims to provide the public with more comprehensive, localised air quality information linked to public health advice. The programme will have an increased capacity to model and to provide a forecast of predicted air quality. Supporting these elements will be citizen engagement and citizen science initiatives to encourage greater understanding and involvement by the public in air quality issues.
The EPA continually monitors air quality across Ireland and provides the air quality index for health and real-time results on the website at www.airquality.epa.ie Results are updated hourly on the website, and you can log on at any time to check whether the current air quality in your locality is good, fair or poor.
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