UK proposes stricter air quality standards

Government moves to cut particles, benzene, carbon monoxide, set first PAH limit

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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