Clean Air Strategy

Oral Answers to Questions — Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 7th December 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Woods Rachel Woods Green 2:30 pm, 7th December 2020

T2. Miss Woods asked the Minister of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, after wishing Minister Poots all the best as he recovers and thanking the Minister for the Economy for standing in, to outline how rural perspectives were considered when drafting the clean air strategy. (AQT 782/17-22)

Photo of Diane Dodds Diane Dodds DUP

As with all these strategies, a number of wide-ranging perspectives is taken into account. If the Member has a concern that a particular issue was not addressed, I advise her to write to the Minister so that it can be properly considered.

Photo of Rachel Woods Rachel Woods Green

I thank the Minister for her answer. Why was a population of 10,000 chosen as the threshold beyond which air quality assessment would be conducted, even though that would exclude most rural areas from assessment and risk agricultural pollution not being fully measured?

Photo of Diane Dodds Diane Dodds DUP

I presume that the modelling indicated that that number was acceptable in that instance. Of course, I advise the Member to contact or write to the Minister to advise him of her concerns.