20 April 2012

York to monitor air quality

York City Council has approved plans to monitor air quality in the streets surrounding Salisbury Terrace, after it was declared an air quality management area (AQMA).

The decision comes after 52 homes in the area were found to have levels of nitrogen dioxide above the national limit.

‘Poor air quality puts people’s health at risk, creates an unpleasant environment for visitors to the city, may damage historic buildings, and places an additional financial burden on local health service providers,’ said cabinet member for city strategy, Cllr Dave Merrett.

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