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Residents faced high levels of nitrogen dioxide

Created on 06/04/2017 @ 09:57
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It has emerged that air quality levels along one of Newtown’s main roads was above National Air Quality Objective guidelines for at least nine years.

Traffic exhaust fumes resulted in Powys’ only Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) being established along New Road.

It meant residents and others using the road were facing higher levels of nitrogen dioxide than anywhere else in the county and above national guidelines.

Powys County Council has revealed today that the AQMA) has now been revoked as the figures have fallen.
The council’s decision to revoke the AQMA has been accepted by the Welsh Government.
The council said it has monitored levels of nitrogen dioxide since 2008, which has been steadily decreasing mainly due to improved exhaust and emission management in newer vehicles. Since 2012, the levels have not exceeded the National Air Quality Objective level.
Sue Bolter, the council’s Head of Regeneration, Property and Commissioning, said: “With three years of data confirming that the National Air Quality Objective level is no longer being exceeded, the Welsh Government accepted the council’s recommendation that the AQMA be revoked.  This is excellent news for people living and working in Newtown confirming their air is much cleaner than it was in the past.
“While the exact reason for this decreasing trend cannot be determined, changes in vehicle emission standards and changes to traffic management arrangements on Park Street have had an excellent impact.
“Further air quality modelling undertaken as part of the Newtown bypass scheme show that nitrogen dioxide levels will fall further once the scheme is open.”

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