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Air Pollution: Norfolk

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 19th December 2018.

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Photo of Clive Lewis Clive Lewis Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to monitor air pollution in Norfolk.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government uses a combination of monitoring and modelling to assess air quality. The Environment Agency (EA) manages the UK's national monitoring sites on behalf of Defra and the Devolved Administrations. There are around 300 EA managed monitoring sites in total across the UK, which monitor air quality, including at Norwich and Weybourne.

In addition, local authorities are required to review and assess local air quality, which includes monitoring. Defra provides calculation tools to support local authorities in their monitoring and modelling efforts. Positioning of local monitors is expected to be in line with national and local priorities, which may include schools and other locations where there is high risk of public exposure to air pollutants.

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