Air pollution is associated with a number of health issues. It contributes to the onset of heart disease and cancer. Air pollution particularly affects the vulnerable in society - children and older people, and those with heart and lung conditions.Report smoke and dust pollutionReport odour problem (bad smells)We have been monitoring air quality since 2000, targeting areas with significant road traffic congestion near to housing and schools. We currently measure air quality at 47 sites across our borough.This monitoring has resulted in the declaration of air quality management areas (AQMAs). These are areas where air quality exceeds health based objectives. They are at busy urban road junctions where exhaust fumes from slow moving road vehicles aren’t readily dispersed because of nearby buildings.There are national health based targets for seven key airborne pollutants.The levels of these pollutants in our borough have been monitored or modelled.Levels of PollutantsPollutantMeasured ParameterObjectiveBenzeneRunning annual meanYesAnnual average Yes1,3-butadieneRunning annual meanYesCarbon monoxideMax daily running 8hr meanYesLeadAnnual meanYesAnnual meanYesNitrogen dioxide1-hour meanYesAnnual meanNo - Not at 4 Air Quality Management AreasSulphur dioxide1-hour meanYes24-hour meanYes15-minute meanYesParticulates (PM10)24-hour meanYesAnnual meanYesAnnual status reportWe review air quality annually and submit an air quality status report to Defra.If you are using the information report in connection with a planning application please be aware of the planning advisory note: air quality.Air Quality Annual Status ReportsAir Quality Annual Status report 2022Air Quality Annual Status report 2021Air Quality Annual status report 2020Air Quality Annual status report 2019Air Quality Annual status report 2018Air Quality Management AreasThese 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.AQMA Order No.1 IntackAQMA Order No.2 BastwellAQMA Order No.6 BlackamoorAQMA Order No.7 Four Lane EndsWe are taking action to improve air quality in these areas. Details are in the latest annual status report. Orders revoking former Air Quality Management AreasAir quality management areas were declared in other areas, but the air quality has improved at these locations and so these orders have been revoked.2017 Order Revoking AQMA No.8 Accrington Road2019 Order Revoking AQMA No.3 A666 between Robert Street and Wraith Street2019 Order Revoking AQMA No.4 Witton2019 Order Revoking AQMA No.5 EarcroftAir quality automatic monitorWe have an automatic monitor at Accrington Road Community Station, Blackburn.View the automatic monitoring results.