Scotland and Northern Ireland transpose air quality law

Regulations introduce new rules on exposure to very fine particulates

The Scottish Government and the Northern Ireland Executive have published legislation transposing the 2008 EU Directive on Ambient Air Quality.

Consultation on doing so in Scotland began in February (ENDS Report, February 2010).

The regulations introduce a new framework for controlling fine particulates (PM2.5) and will enter force on 11 June. PM2.5 is suspected to have a more damaging effect on health than coarser dust.

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