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Air quality management areas

The EU limit values for air quality are not being met across the whole of the borough, and the levels of annual mean nitrogen dioxide in Rotherham’s air quality management areas do not comply with EU and national law. There is potential for the UK Government to be fined for breach of the EU limit values post 2015, and infraction proceedings have already been instigated by the European Commission. Rotherham MBC has designated air quality management areas (AQMAs), in which there are approximately 30,000 residents.  The designated AQMAs are as follows:

  • M1 AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide (July 2001)
  • Wales M1 AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide (July 2003)
  • A630 AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide (November 2004)
  • A6021 (Wellgate) AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide (November 2004)
  • A629 (Bradgate) AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide (November 2004)
  • Amendment to the M1 AQMA for annual average nitrogen dioxide to include the additional area of Blackburn (March 2010)

Map of air quality management area boundaries - 2014

Air quality management area boundaries 2014 1

Rotherham MBC has an air quality action plan for the borough which aims to improve air quality across the borough and in particular in the air quality management areas. Rotherham MBC recently produced a health inequalities impact assessment for nitrogen dioxide which found that there is a statistically significant association between health outcomes and the concentration of nitrogen dioxide in the borough.

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