33 locations around Ireland exceed international air pollution limits

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Air Quality – 33 locations around Ireland exceed international air pollution limits

Direct Source Excerpt: Irish Examiner / EPA | Picture: John Giles

Around 1,300 people in Ireland died prematurely last year because of air pollution, while the M50 and Dublin Port Tunnel were highest for harmful vehicle emissions, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

While the air quality in Ireland is generally good, the EPA said, some 33 monitoring stations across Ireland exceeded the World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for air pollution, mostly due to fossil fuels.

The 33 locations exceeded WHO guidelines mostly because of burning of solid fuel in cities, towns and villages, according to the EPA report on air quality.

Ireland was above the European Environment Agency reference level for PAH, a toxic chemical, at four monitoring sites due to the burning of solid fuels, the report added.

Particulate matter from the burning of solid fuel is estimated to cause 1300 premature deaths per year. Particulate matter is said to be all solid and liquid particles suspended in air, such as dust, pollen, soot, smoke, and liquid droplets.

Poor air quality has serious health implications both in the short‐term such as headaches, breathing difficulties eye irritation or cardiac issues; and the long‐term, with illnesses like asthma, reduced liver function, and heart disease.

Dr Ciara McMahon, director of the EPA’s office of radiation protection and environmental monitoring, said: “Ireland is renowned for its countryside and clean fresh air, but we can no longer take this for granted. Poor air quality impacts people’s health and quality of life, so it is now time to tackle the two key issues that impact negatively on air quality in Ireland – transport emissions in large urban areas and emissions from burning of solid fuels in our cities, towns and villages.”

One traffic monitoring location in Dublin city exceeded the levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) laid down by the EU, the EPA said.

 

Link to article here: https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40054301.html

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