What is TDC doing to monitor air quality in the district?

The Local Authority has a statutory duty to monitor air quality in the district and to take action where levels of certain pollutant exceed specified levels.

This is called Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) and is a regime set up by Government under the Environment Act 1995 Part IV and associated regulations.  Under LAQM we regularly review and assess air quality in the area to ensure specific air quality objectives are achieved. Where one or more air quality objective is considered likely to be exceeded the Local Authority must declare an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) to address the problem.  Most of the objectives are concerned with the protection of human health, although some are designed to protect eco-systems and vegetation.

The Council's Environmental Protection Team carries out the review and assessment process and produces regular reports on its findings.  The latest review and assessment report for Torridge is available here.