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As part of our commitment to continually improve our service and to help our clients meet their legal obligations, we continue to update the Legal Registers on our website and provide free quarterly legal compliance updates to anyone who subscribes. The purpose of these updates is to ensure you stay up to date with any changes in your legal compliance obligations, our updates can also be kept and can be used as evidence that your business is staying up to date with any changes in the legislation, this can be very helpful at audit time.
The Air Quality Standards Regulations (Wales) 2010 aim to protect public health and the environment by setting legal limits for concentrations of certain pollutants in ambient air. The regulations transpose into Welsh law EU Directive 2008/50/EC on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe. The main pollutants covered by the regulations are nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), sulphur dioxide, benzene, carbon monoxide and lead. The regulations require local authorities to monitor air quality and take action if concentrations of pollutants exceed the legal limits. They also require the publication of air quality information to the public. The purpose of the regulations is to improve air quality in Wales and reduce the impact of air pollution on human health and the environment.
The Air Quality Standards Regulations (Wales) 2010 require that local authorities in Wales monitor ambient air quality levels in their respective areas and report the results to the Welsh Government. The regulations set out specific requirements for the monitoring of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), sulphur dioxide, benzene, carbon monoxide, and lead.
The regulations also require local authorities to assess the data collected and determine whether any air quality standards have been exceeded. If standards have been exceeded, the local authority must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) and develop an Air Quality Action Plan (AQAP) to address the issue.
In addition, the regulations require local authorities to provide information to the public about air quality levels in their area, including publishing an annual report on air quality and making the information available online.
Overall, the evidence requirements of the Air Quality Standards Regulations (Wales) 2010 are designed to ensure that local authorities are actively monitoring and addressing air quality issues in their areas, with the ultimate goal of improving air quality and protecting public health and the environment.
The Air Quality Standards Regulations (Wales) 2010 provide for certain exemptions in certain circumstances. These exemptions are:
It is important to note that these exemptions are subject to strict conditions and are only granted in limited circumstances. The local authority must also ensure that the exemption does not result in a significant risk to human health or the environment.
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