What standards of air quality we must aim for

We must make sure the air quality in Fife meets strict legal standards, which are set out in the National Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations. If the air quality in Fife fails to meet these standards then we must take action.
What the National Air Quality Strategy means for us
The Air Quality Strategy for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (2007) sets out:
  • the government’s latest national air quality standards and objectives (as described by the Air Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2000 and subsequent amendments)
  • policy measures intended to improve air quality throughout the UK; directly benefiting human health and protecting the environment.
Why our Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) is important
Like all other councils, we must regularly review and assess the air quality in our area. We do this to identify any areas of Fife where we think the air quality is likely to exceed the national standards and objectives.
These assessments are undertaken to ensure we comply with the Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) system which was first introduced under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995. 
We must assess whether the following seven pollutants are present in the air, and at what levels:
  • benzene
  • carbon monoxide (CO)
  • 1,3 – butadiene
  • lead (Pb)
  • nitrogen dioxide (NO2)
  • sulphur dioxide (SO2)
  • PM10 (fine particles) 
If we find the air quality doesn’t meet the legal standards, we must take action. 
Air Quality
Tel: 01592 583141 Contact Air Quality online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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