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The Air Quality Limit Values (Scotland) Regulations 2001

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Regulations 5(5) and 6

SCHEDULE 2UPPER AND LOWER ASSESSMENT THRESHOLDS AND EXCEEDANCES

PART IUPPER AND LOWER ASSESSMENT THRESHOLDS

The following upper and lower assessment thresholds will apply:

(a)SULPHUR DIOXIDE

Health protectionEcosystem protection
Upper assessment threshold60% of 24-hour limit value (75 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 3 times in any calendar year)60% of winter limit value (12 μg/m3)
Lower assessment threshold40% of 24-hour limit value (50 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 3 times in any calendar year)40% of winter limit value (8 μg/m3)

(b)NITROGEN DIOXIDE AND OXIDES OF NITROGEN

Hourly limit value for the protection of human health (NO2)Annual limit value for the protection of human health (NO2)Annual limit value for the protection of Vegetation (NOx)
Upper assessment threshold70% of limit value (140 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 18 times in any calendar year)80% of limit value (32 μg/m3)80% of limit value (24 μg/m3)
Lower assessment threshold50% of limit value (100 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than 18 times in any calendar year)65% of limit value (26 μg/m3)65% of limit value (19.5 μg/m3)

(c)PARTICULATE MATTER(1)

24-hour averageAnnual average
Upper assessment threshold60% of limit (30 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than seven times in any calendar year)70% of limit value (14 μg/m3)
Lower assessment threshold40% of limit value (20 μg/m3, not to be exceeded more than seven times in any calendar year)50% of limit value (10 μg/m3)

(d)LEAD

Annual average
Upper assessment threshold70% of limit value (0.35 μg/m3)
Lower assessment threshold50% of limit value (0.25 μg/m3)

PART IIDETERMINATION OF EXCEEDANCES OF UPPER AND LOWER ASSESSMENT THRESHOLDS

Exceedances of upper and lower assessment thresholds must be determined on the basis of concentrations during the previous five years where sufficient data are available. An assessment threshold will be deemed to have been exceeded if during those five years the total number of exceedances of the numerical concentration of the threshold is more than three times the number of exceedances allowed each year.

Where fewer than five years' data are available, measurement campaigns of short duration during the period of the year and at locations likely to be typical of the highest pollution levels may be combined with results obtained from information from emission inventories and modelling to determine exceedances of the upper and lower assessment thresholds.

(1)

The upper and lower assessment thresholds for PM10 are based on the following indicative limit values for 1st January 2010, which will be reviewed in the light of further information on health and environmental effects, technical feasibility and experience in the application of the existing “Stage 1” limit values:

Averaging periodLimit valueMargin of toleranceDate by which limit value is to be met

1.  24-hour limit value for the production of human health

24 hours50 μg/m3 PM10 not to be exceeded more than 7 times a calendar yearTo be derived from date and to be equivalent to Stage 1 limit value1st January 2010

2.  Annual limit value for the protection of human health

Calendar year20 μg/m3 PM1050% on 1st January 2005 reducing every 12 months thereafter by equal percentages to reach 0% by 1st January 20101st January 2010

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