Calderdale Council monitors air quality in the Borough, in line with its responsibilities under the local air quality management legislation and guidance. This monitoring, which has been undertaken over a period in excess of ten years, is in addition to the investigation of complaints about air pollution from factories or in Smoke Control Areas.
The Environment Act 1995 specifies eight pollutants all councils must consider as part of a national Air Quality Strategy. These include nitrogen dioxide, fine particles (PM10) and others.
Currently the Council's monitoring concentrates on traffic-related nitrogen dioxide, which has been identified as exceeding the air quality objectives in seven areas. These areas have been designated as Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs). Particulate matter is also being monitored in connection with road traffic emissions and public health.
Most of the Council's nitrogen dioxide monitoring is carried out using diffusion tubes, but there are also three automatic monitoring sites in the Borough, at Salterhebble, Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge.
In 2015 the Council installed particulate monitors at its automatic monitoring stations . The results will be presented in future air quality reports.
To find out where air quality monitoring is being carried out in Calderdale, see Calderdale maps online: Pollution
National air quality forecasting
The Government provides a national Daily air quality forecast| covering the whole of the United Kingdom.