Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) (England)

Consultation is occurring on changes to Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) in England. This is a follow-up to consultation that took place in 2013.

The latest consultation contains a number of proposals to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens in line with commitments made under the UK Government’s Red Tape Challenge, and to improve the overall effectiveness of LAQM in dealing with current air quality challenges.

The consultation document is split into two parts:

– regulatory consultation on a statutory instrument to enable the removal of four redundant pollutants (Benzene; 1,3 Butadiene; Carbon Monoxide; and Lead) for local authority reporting purposes; and

– part two which provides an overview of non-regulatory changes such as streamlining of reporting processes and providing local authorities with a role to tackle PM2.5 (fine particulates) to be set out in statutory guidance.

Part two will be subject to a further, more detailed consultation in late 2015.

The new statutory instrument will be The Air Quality (England) Regulations 2015 and will replace the existing regulations.

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