Air quality

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Detailed assessment report

The air quality around our Borough is reviewed regularly, and recent work has identified unacceptably high nitrogen dioxide levels at three additional junctions: Blackamoor, Four Lane Ends, and the junction of Burnley Road and Accrington Road. The Authority is acting on the findings of a Detailed Assessment Report which concluded that these junctions should also become air Quality Management Areas.

Download the detailed assessment

Council measures the local air quality measurement constantly to make sure that it meets national air quality standards.

Find out the current air quality in Blackburn with Darwen

Air quality will change on a day to day basis and it can affect health. The impact will be felt most by the old and the young, in particular those suffering from asthma and heart or lung diseases.

To this end we have set up five air quality management areas with measures being taken to reduce high nitrogen dioxide levels at these locations.

Download the air quality management area orders for each of these areas:

These areas failed to meet the national health based annual target for nitrogen dioxide, mainly because of road vehicle exhaust emissions. Nitrogen dioxide causes irritation and inflammation of the lungs.

Action plans for these five areas are being implemented in pursuit of acceptable air quality. More information on the implementation of these plans can be found in our latest  Progress Report

The air quality around our Borough is reviewed regularly, and recent work has identified unacceptably high nitrogen dioxide levels at three additional junctions: Blackamoor, Four Lane Ends, and the junction of Burnley Road and Accrington Road.

We are acting on the findings of a  detailed assessment report which concluded that these junctions should also become air quality management areas.

Other pollutants

There are national health based targets for seven key pollutants.

The levels of these pollutants have been monitored or modelled and the outcome is summarised in the table below.

Pollutant Measured Parameter Target met?
Benzene Running annual mean Yes
Annual average Yes
1,3-butadiene Running annual mean Yes
Carbon monoxide Max daily running 8hr mean Yes
Lead Annual mean Yes
Annual mean Yes
Nitrogen dioxide 1-hour mean Yes
Annual mean No- Not at 5
5 Air Quality Management Areas and 3 additional hotspots
Sulphur dioxide 1-hour mean Yes
24-hour mean Yes
15-minute mean Yes
Particulates (PM10) 24-hour mean Yes
Annual mean Yes

Air quality annual status report

DEFRA have altered the process for LAQM reporting. The Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council 2016 ASR is based on the new reporting template, and has been submitted to and accepted by DEFRA. You can view the report here.

Contact details

Mail Public Protection Service, White Dove Offices, Davyfiled Road, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) Environmental Protection 01254 267699
Fax Number(s) 01254 267672
E-mail publicprotection@blackburn.gov.uk
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