The UK environment ministry today proposed strengthening air quality standards for fine particles, benzene and carbon monoxide and a first ever national objective for polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The announcement marks a further development for the UK's national air quality strategy, which set objectives for eight pollutants (EED 19/01/00).
A key element of the new proposals is an objective of halving levels of fine particles by 2010 in response to recent medical research suggesting widespread health impacts from long-term exposure.
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