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Air Pollution and Air Quality

Clean air is important for good health. We regulate industrial, commercial and domestic activities that emit pollution in order control and reduce air pollution.

We also monitor air pollution levels and work with others to develop and implement air action plans to reduce air pollution and improve air quality.

Air Quality

Two local ears that remain as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) are:

  • Nottingham No2 AQMA: City centre north, east and south (nitrogen dioxide), and
  • Nottingham No.3 AQMA: Dunkirk (nitrogen dioxide)

Where AQMAs are declared local authorities are required to devise and publish Action Plans.

Where AQMAs arise from road transport local authorities are encouraged to incorporate any Action Plans within the Local Transport Strategy. Nottingham City Council has done this and values a clean environment.

Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) station

Nottingham City Council continues to be the local site operator for the Automatic Urban and Rural Network (AURN) station on Clinton Street East. The station contains precision real-time air quality monitors and is operated on behalf of DEFRA. Data is also used to provide a guide to current local air quality in a quality-banding format.

Pollutants measured by the AURN station

Pollutant

Main Sources

Effects

Benzene Petrol combustion and distribution Carcinogen
Sulphur Dioxide Power generation, diesel combustion and industry Irritates the airways of the lungs and can increase the symptoms of those suffering from lung disease
Ozone By product of chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen and other chemicals catalysed by sunlight Irritates the airways of the lungs and can increase the symptoms of those suffering from lung disease.
Nitrogen Dioxide Road transport, power generation and industrial combustion processes Irritates the airways of the lungs and can increase the symptoms of those suffering from lung disease.
Particles/Particulates (PM2.5, PM10) Road transport, power generation and industry Fine particles cause lung inflammation and worsening of lung and heart conditions

Nottingham City Council monitors oxides of nitrogen at Carter Gate and Lace Street and have a network of approximately 30 nitrogen dioxide diffusion tubes at sites in and around both AQMAs.

 For more information, click here to see the Defra web page.