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The Air Quality (Ozone) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003

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SCHEDULE 3CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING MINIMUM NUMBERS OF SAMPLING POINTS FOR FIXED MEASUREMENTS OF CONCENTRATIONS OF OZONE

PART Iminimum number of sampling points for fixed continuous measurement to assess air quality in view of compliance with the target values, long-term objectives and information and alert thresholds where continuous measurement is the sole source of information

Population (× 1,000)Agglomerations (urban and suburban) (a)Other zones (suburban and rural) (a)Rural background
(a)

at least 1 station in suburban areas, where the highest exposure of the population is likely to occur. In agglomerations, at least 50% of the stations should be located in suburban areas.

(b)

1 station per 25,000 km2 for complex terrain is recommended.

0 – 25011 station/50,000 km2 as an average density over all zones per country (b)
251 – 50012
501 – 1,00022
1,001 – 1,50033
1,501 – 2,00034
2,001 – 2,75045
2,751 – 3,75056
>3,7501 additional station per 2 million inhabitants1 additional station per 2 million inhabitants

PART IIminimum number of sampling points for fixed measurements for zones attaining the long-term objectives

The number of sampling points for ozone must, in combination with other means of supplementary assessment such as air quality modelling and co-located nitrogen dioxide measurements, be sufficient to examine the trend of ozone pollution and check compliance with the long-term objectives. The number of stations located in agglomerations and other zones may be reduced to one-third of the number specified in Part I. Where information from fixed measurement stations is the sole source of information, at least one monitoring station should be kept. If, in zones where there is supplementary assessment, the result of this is that a zone has no remaining station, co-ordination with the number of stations in neighbouring zones must ensure adequate assessment of ozone concentrations against long-term objectives. The number of rural background stations should be 1 per 100,000 km2.

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