Pollution control

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2. Air pollution

Air is polluted by the presence of certain harmful substances which in high enough concentrations can affect human health, the environment, and buildings. Few of these harmful pollutants are visible.

Most of the time pollution levels in Exeter are low, and are unlikely to affect you if you are healthy. But on days where pollution levels are higher, or for particularly vulnerable groups, air pollution can cause immediate effects like coughing and wheezing.

We have declared part of the city to be an air quality management area, and are taking steps to reduce air pollution.

Non-technical summary

Air quality in Exeter is mainly good, with concentrations showing long-term downward trends and just a small number of hot spots where levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are above government objectives. This document aims to summarise the monitoring undertaken by Exeter City Council and the city’s latest air pollution levels:

Annual Status Report

Every year the City Council produces a report which summarises the latest air pollution levels, and actions that are being taken in the city to reduce pollution. The report on work during 2016 is available to download below:

Air quality monitoring

This map shows the locations of our air monitoring stations. Click on a station to see it's name and latest annual recordings of Nitrogen Dioxide.