No improvement in Austrian air quality

Agency report documents excess of particulates, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone in 2006

Emissions of particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exceeded limit values laid down in EU ambient air quality legislation "numerous" times in 2006, Austria's environmental assessment agency reported on Monday. Average PM10 values broke legal limits at 70 of 111 measuring stations, against 58 last year and 28 the year before (EED 24/10/06). NO2 also continued a rising trend since 2000, with road traffic the main culprit. Ozone levels were "slightly above average" in 2006 and the EU's 2010 target value for ozone was exceeded at 57 per cent of measuring stations. See agency press release.

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