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The Air Quality Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2007

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11.—(1) The Scottish Ministers shall–

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

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

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(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 Scottish Ministers consider 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 into account geographical, meteorological and economic conditions, the Scottish Ministers consider there is significant potential for the objectives set out in paragraph (3) to be achieved.

(5) When the Scottish Ministers consider that the risks referred to in paragraph (2) arise within a zone, they shall implement the measures indicated in the relevant action plans within that zone to the extent they consider necessary in the circumstances.

(6) In preparing and implementing any action plans for ozone, the Scottish Ministers shall have regard to Annexes I and II to Commission Decision 2004/279/EC 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.

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O.J. No. L 87, 25.03.04, p.50.

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