Smog across the county expected to clear over tomorrow

First published in News Ledbury Reporter: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

SMOG that has shrouded the county today (Thurs) is expected to clear over tomorrow.

Herefordshire Council has had a major air quality monitoring operation underway today with regular readings taken from 20 sites across the county.

Bargates in Leominster and the A49 corridor through Hereford emerged as areas of specific concern.

The council began preparations for its monitoring operation yesterday when forecasters offered initial indications of very high levels of air pollution related to the “Saharan Smog” phenomenon.

Now, the council is working to forecasts that have much of the smog clearing over tomorrow.

 

Herefordshire Council has had a duty to review and assess the county’s air quality since the late 1990s. 

This is done by measuring nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels at locations across the county, including Hereford and the market towns. 

 

This monitoring means the council can follow trends in pollution levels and provide regular reports on the county’s ability to meet the government’s air quality objectives.

The  A49 corridor in Hereford and the  Bargates junction in Leominster don’t meet these objectives.

 

Both were legally designated as ‘Air Quality Management Areas’ (AQMAs) in the mid 2000s and accepted as such by the government.

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6:32pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WYSIATI says...

Interesting article in the Telegraph - http://www.telegraph
.co.uk/earth/environ
ment/10739654/Air-po
llution-What-they-ar
e-not-telling-us-abo
ut-the-smog.html

At least 29000 people a year being killed by the air pollution in this country and almost no serious action to address the problem.

The HT might like to note that the NO2 pollution has nothing to do with the Sahara. The fact that there is some red dust is only a part of the problem - most of our air quality problems are home grown from diesel cars, buses and trucks. The dust makes it visible but the problem is there much more of the time.
Interesting article in the Telegraph - http://www.telegraph .co.uk/earth/environ ment/10739654/Air-po llution-What-they-ar e-not-telling-us-abo ut-the-smog.html At least 29000 people a year being killed by the air pollution in this country and almost no serious action to address the problem. The HT might like to note that the NO2 pollution has nothing to do with the Sahara. The fact that there is some red dust is only a part of the problem - most of our air quality problems are home grown from diesel cars, buses and trucks. The dust makes it visible but the problem is there much more of the time. WYSIATI
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7:11pm Thu 3 Apr 14

socialcare says...

So..'Herefordshire Council has had a duty to review and assess the county’s air quality since the late 1990s'.. I'm sure they have had many duties within Social Care but they fail to deliver on them!
So..'Herefordshire Council has had a duty to review and assess the county’s air quality since the late 1990s'.. I'm sure they have had many duties within Social Care but they fail to deliver on them! socialcare
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