Under the provisions of the Environment Act 1995, each Local Authority is obliged to review and assess the air quality within its area. The aim of this review and assessment process is to establish whether or not the Statutory Air Quality objectives for the seven named pollutants are likely to be exceeded.
The seven pollutants are as follows:
Swale Borough Council have considered all 7 pollutants and by a process of elimination identified pollutants for which there may be a risk of exceedance.
Swale identified that PM10 and NO2 required further investigation at two locations in the Borough, Sheerness and Ospringe. Two continuous monitoring stations were commissioned at these locations.
The data collected by the monitoring stations is managed by ERG on behalf of The Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership and data is available live on the website.
In addition to the air quality monitoring stations, the Environmental Protection Team carries out passive monitoring using diffusion tubes for NO2. These tubes are situated in a number of locations around the borough. The data is used to give an indication of background levels and any areas that may need further investigation
Progress reports are issued annually and copies of all the reports completed in respect of Air Quality are held at the Council's Offices and are available online on the Kent and Medway Air Quality Partnership (KAMAQP) website.
This report details an assessment into the levels of NOx, PM10 and SO2 emission from a variety of different sources in the Blue Town and Queenborough areas within the administrative area of Swale Borough Council.
As these areas have been identified as a cause for concern in terms of air pollution, the Council has considered it necessary to commission a local pollutant Emissions Inventory, to serve the following purposes:
The methodology for each emission sector of the Emissions Inventory was chosen with consideration of the latest available guidance and emission factors. Emissions were calculated using local information obtained from a variety of sources combined with default parameters and/or recommended values found in literature, based on previous studies.
From the results, it can be concluded that shipping contributes the highest percentage of emissions for all three pollutants estimated within the study area. Over 93% of the SO2 emissions are attributed to marine vessels. They also contribute over 66% of overall NOx emissions, and 75% of PM10 emissions. Part A Processes were also found to contribute a large proportion of NOx and PM10 emissions.
Download a copy of the report Inventory of Air Emissions - Bluetown and Queenborough (PDF - 1.46mb).
The Environmental Protection Team undertake air quality monitoring as part of our commitment to identify monitor and minimise pollution in all its forms with the local environment.