Air pollution spreading

POLLUTION levels on parts of Fabian Way are causing environmental chiefs in Swansea concern.

The situation emerged during hearings into the planned Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.

A written submission by Swansea Council to the panel of examining experts said the authority was “under pressure to designate parts of Fabian Way as an Air QualityManagement Area”.

The Post understands that the outbound carriageway by Vale of Neath Road is under the spotlight, and that mobile monitoring equipment is likely to be deployed on the incoming carriageway opposite.

Areas within Hafod, Sketty and Fforestach have suffered air pollution level breaches for years and are contained within an amended Swansea Air Quality Management Area.

A progress report in July this year said the area was still set to exceed mean nitrogen oxide levels, and that this might also be the case in Mumbles, St Thomas and the city centre. The report added: “Several other areas also exhibit the potential to exceed the annual mean objective.

“Revised guidance issued by (UK Government department) Defra indicates that the annual mean objective may not be achieved until after 2020 at some sites.”

via Air pollution spreading | South Wales Evening Post.

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