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The Air Quality Standards (Scotland) Regulations 2010

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25.—(1) Where, in any zone, there is a risk that levels of sulphur dioxide or nitrogen dioxide will exceed the alert thresholds set out in Schedule 5, the Scottish Ministers must draw up and implement a short-term action plan.

(2) A short-term action plan must set out the measures intended to reduce the risk of alert thresholds being exceeded, or in the event of the levels being exceeded, to reduce the duration of such an incident.

(3) Where, in any zone, levels of ozone exceed the alert threshold set out in Schedule 5 or there is a risk that they will exceed that threshold, the Scottish Ministers must draw up and implement a short-term action plan taking into account Decision 2004/279/EC(1), if of the opinion that it is reasonably likely that the risk of, or severity or duration of, the excess level of ozone can be reduced taking into account geographical, meteorological and economic conditions.

(4) For the purposes of paragraph (3), levels must have exceeded, or be predicted to exceed, the alert threshold for at least three consecutive hours.

(5) Short-term action plans may also be drawn up where there is a risk that any of the limit values or target values set out in Schedules 2 or 3 will be exceeded.

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O.J. No. L 87, 25.3.04, p.50.

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