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Local Air Quality Management

Local Authorities must carry out regular reviews and assessments of air quality in their area against standards and objectives in the National Air Quality Strategy.

Where these standards and objectives are unlikely to be met authorities must:

  • designate air quality management areas (AQMAs); and 
  • prepare and implement remedial action plans.

The aim of such reviews is to make sure that national air quality air standards are met and the potential risk of health effects from air pollutants is as low as possible.

A detailed monitoring infrastructure is present throughout Wales to enable valid assessments to take place, which is operated and maintained by Local Authorities.

Several Local Authorities have declared AQMAs with 2 pollutants being responsible for this (although the levels of others are constantly monitored). These are nitrogen dioxide and particles (dust) under 10 microns (PM10).

Guidance

Local Authorities have legal duties for local air quality management (LAQM) under the Environment Act 1995. This page contains guidance for Local Authorities on carrying out their LAQM duties.

Technical guidance

15/04/16
This guidance covers the review and assessment process of local air quality management (LAQM) and gives detailed technical guidance on a pollutant by pollutant basis.
 

Policy Guidance

04/03/16
This guidance covers all policy aspects of local air quality management (LAQM).
 

Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) Questionnaire Survey

17/03/10
A questionnaire survey was carried out by University West of England and Air Quality Consultants in support of the LAQM Review.
 

Review of Local Air Quality Management

17/03/10
This is a report by In-House Policy Consultants reviewing the current Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) Regime.
 

Practice Guidance 4

15/04/09
This guidance provides relevant local air quality management policy and technical guidance on encouraging uptake of Retrofit Abatement Equipment. It provides information on methods for implementing, practical issues that have arisen and advice on appraising costs and air quality benefits.
 

Practice Guidance 3

15/04/09
This guidance provides relevant local air quality management policy and technical guidance on encouraging uptake of Low Emission Vehicles. It provides information on methods for implementing, practical issues that have arisen and advice on appraising costs and air quality benefits.
 

Practice Guidance 2

15/04/09
This guidance provides relevant local air quality management policy and technical guidance on Low Emission Zones. It provides information on methods for implementing these zones, practical issues that have arisen and advice on appraising costs and air quality benefits.
 

Practice Guidance 1

15/04/09
The aim of this guidance is to establish general economic principles and economic appraisal methods for the assessment of local air quality measures and schemes.
 

Progress Report Guidance (LAQM. PRG(03))

15/12/03
This guidance helps local authorities prepare air quality progress reports which form part of the local air quality management (LAQM) system.