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The Air Quality Limit Values (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Method of assessment of ambient air quality

7.—(1) The Scottish Ministers shall ensure that ambient air quality is assessed in each zone by following the specified method for each relevant pollutant in accordance with its current classification.

(2) Where a zone is classified under regulation 5(1)(a) or (b) in relation to a relevant pollutant–

(a)measurements of that pollutant must be taken at fixed sites either continuously or by random sampling; and

(b)the number of measurements must be sufficiently large to enable the levels of that pollutant to be properly determined.

(3) Schedule 3 shall have effect for the purposes of determining the location of sampling points for the relevant pollutants.

(4) For each zone classified under regulation 5(1)(a) the Scottish Ministers shall ensure that, in respect of a relevant pollutant, the minimum number of sampling points for fixed measurement of concentrations determined in accordance with Schedule 4 is used for sampling the concentrations of that pollutant in that zone.

(5) For each zone classified under regulation 5(1)(b) the Scottish Ministers shall ensure that, in respect of a relevant pollutant, the number of sampling points for fixed measurement of that pollutant in that zone, and the spatial resolution of other techniques, shall be sufficient for the concentrations of that pollutant to be established in accordance with Part I of Schedule 3 and Part I of Schedule 5.

(6) Reference methods for–

(a)the analysis of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen;

(b)the sampling and analysis of lead; and

(c)the sampling and measurement of PM10,

are set out in Schedule 6, and these methods must be used unless other methods are used which the Scottish Ministers consider can be demonstrated to give equivalent results.

(7) The Scottish Ministers shall ensure that measuring stations to supply representative data on concentrations of PM2.5 are installed and operated, using any method for the sampling and measurement of PM2.5 that they consider suitable, and that where possible sampling points for PM2.5 are co-located with sampling points for PM10.

(8) For zones which are classified under regulation 5(1)(b) or (c), the Scottish Ministers shall ensure that the information set out in Part II of Schedule 5 shall be compiled.

(9) For sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and oxides of nitrogen the volume must be standardised at a temperature of 293K and a pressure of 101.3 kPa.

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