Search Legislation

The Air Quality Standards Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007

 Help about what version

What Version

  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

CHAPTER 3Maintenance of air quality standards and action plans

Maintenance of air quality standards

10.—(1) This regulation applies in respect of each zone in which—

(a)concentrations of one or more Group A pollutants are below the relevant limit values;

(b)concentrations of one or more Group B pollutants are below the relevant target values; or

(c)concentrations of ozone meet the long-term objectives.

(2) Where sub-paragraphs (a) or (b) of paragraph (1) apply, Northern Ireland departments shall, in respect of each pollutant meeting the conditions set out in those sub-paragraphs—

(a)maintain compliance with the relevant limit or target values; and

(b)endeavour to maintain the lowest concentration which they consider to be compatible with sustainable development.

(3) Where paragraph (1)(c) applies, Northern Ireland departments shall—

(a)in so far as the transboundary nature of ozone pollution, meteorological conditions and any other similar factors permit, ensure that concentrations are kept at or below the long-term objectives; and

(b)maintain through proportionate measures the lowest concentrations which they consider to be compatible with sustainable development and a high level of protection for the environment and human health.

Action plans

11.—(1) The Department, after consultation with other Northern Ireland departments, shall—

(a)in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (4) and (6), prepare; and

(b)in accordance with paragraph (5) and (6), implement,

action plans.

(2) The action plans shall indicate the measures to be taken within any zone in the short term in order to achieve the objectives set out in paragraph (3) in the event of circumstances in which the Department considers there is a risk that any one of the following will be exceeded—

(a)a limit value;

(b)the alert threshold for nitrogen dioxide or sulphur dioxide; or

(c)subject to paragraph (4), the alert threshold for ozone.

(3) The objectives of each action plan shall be—

(a)to reduce the risk that the relevant limit value or alert threshold will be exceeded; or

(b)where it is not possible to prevent the relevant limit value or alert threshold being exceeded, to limit the duration or severity of the occurrence.

(4) In relation to ozone, the obligation imposed by paragraph (1)(a) shall only apply in so far as, taking account geographical, meteorological and economic conditions, the Department considers there is significant potential for the objectives set out in paragraph (3) to be achieved.

(5) When the risks referred to in paragraph (2) arise within a zone, the measures indicated in the relevant action plans within the zone concerned shall be implemented—

(a)by the Department and those other Northern Ireland departments in respect of paragraph 2(a) and 2(b); and

(b)by the Department in respect of paragraph 2(c),

to the extent that it is considered necessary in the circumstances of the particular case.

(6) In preparing and implementing any action plans for ozone, the Department shall have regard to Annexes I and II to the Commission Decision of 19 March 2004 concerning guidance for implementation of Directive 2002/3/EC(1)

(7) Schedule 3 has effect in prescribing—

(a)alert thresholds for nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, in Part 1 of that Schedule; and

(b)the alert threshold and information threshold for ozone, in Part 2 of that Schedule.

(1)

OJ No L 87, 25.03.04, p.50

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources