Air Quality Monitoring Report 2001

Summary: An overview of ambient air quality in 2001. Examines the state of ambient air quality in Ireland by comparing measured concentrations with current and future air quality standards for a suite of air pollutants.

Published: 2002

ISBN: 1-84095-107-9

Pages: 60

Filesize: 1,184KB

Format: pdf

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Executive Summary

The annual Air Quality Report for 2001 provides an analysis of air quality data and the levels of pollutants that are subject to statutory regulation. The air quality data were mainly obtained from local authority monitoring. These data are supplemented by data collected by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its own fixed monitoring sites and by monitoring carried out by Mobile Units deployed in various urban centres throughout the country. Data from other sources are used where appropriate. The data are assessed in relation to air quality standards in force during the monitoring period.

Where it is practical in terms of data type and resolution, the results are analysed in relation to limits and standards of the Framework Directive 96/62/EC on Air Quality Assessment and Management (CEC, 1996) and its Daughter Directives 1999/30/EC (CEC, 1999) and 2000/69/EC (CEC, 2000). These standards are now part of the national legislation and must be achieved by the dates set in the legislation.

In order to implement the EU Directives, four national air quality zones have been designated in Ireland as follows: Zone-A (Dublin City and environs), Zone-B (Cork City and environs), Zone-C (Other urban areas specified in the legislation), Zone-D (Areas not in the other zones). The EPA Mobile Units were deployed at six locations during 2001, i.e., at two sites in Dublin (Zone-A) and at locations in Waterford, Galway and Drogheda (three Zone-C sites) and Mullingar (Zone D).

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