Wednesday 17 July 2019

Pollutants in capital pose risk to public health - EPA

Stock photo: Collins
Stock photo: Collins

Áine Kenny

A new EPA report, released today, details how public health is at risk due to high levels of nitrogen dioxide in parts of Dublin city.

Nitrogen dioxide levels are highest in certain city centre streets such as those along the quays, the M50 motorway and the entrance and exit of the Port Tunnel.

Some of these areas are at risk of exceeding legal EU limits for nitrogen dioxide.

Nitrogen dioxide is an air pollutant believed to cause serious health problems such as asthma, emphysema and cellular damage.

Nitrogen dioxide is a visual pollutant which creates a brown haze and leads to the formation of acid rain.

The extent of air pollution in the city is detailed in the EPA report, 'Urban Environmental Indicators - Nitrogen dioxide levels in Dublin'.

The EPA is calling on the Government and other groups to tackle this issue in the report, saying there is a "need for strong, co-ordinated action by all relevant authorities to improve air quality in Dublin."

Irish Independent

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