EU suffers less ozone pollution in 2004
After reaching record highs in the hot summer of 2003 (EED 24/10/03), ozone pollution declined again in summer 2004, new figures from the European environment agency reveal. The EU air quality "alert" threshold of 240 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) was exceeded on 99 occasions in eight member states, mainly around the Mediterranean rim. The 180 ug/m3 "information" threshold was exceeded 2,527 times in 12 states. However, a non-binding long-term concentration objective of 120 ug/m3 was exceeded "in almost every country, almost every month and at most [monitoring] stations." See report.
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