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Air Quality Monitoring in the Dover District

Dover District Council is part of the Kent Air Quality Partnership, which was established in 1992 to work towards improving the quality of Kent's air. The Partnership is composed of representatives from each district's transport, planning and environment departments, Kent County Council, the Environment Agency, National Power and other stakeholders related to air quality issues.

Currently, the AEA Energy & Environment manage the Kent & Medway monitoring network throughout the County. The extent of the monitoring, combined with computer modelling, enables us to pinpoint problem areas such as congested roads or highly polluting industrial processes. It can be estimated how much pollution is attributable to local sources and how much is imported from Continental Europe.

Information on levels of six pollutants (Carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, fine particles and sulphur dioxide) reports and statistics is available to the public every day.

Reports & Studies

The Council’s most recent Air Quality report, Updating Screening Assessment 2013, has been completed and submitted to Defra for their appraisal team. The report evaluates air pollution monitoring results for the district and identifies new or significantly changed sources that could lead to potential air quality exceedences. Conclusions of the report are that there have been no exceedences of any of the objectives within the Dover District during 2012 outside of existing AQMAs.

The AQMA at the Eastern Docks was declared in June 2002 after comprehensive air quality monitoring and modelling showed that levels of SO2 were exceeding Government objectives. The AQMA was declared following public consultation. Since then, following changes in EU Directives, sulphur emissions from ferries using the Port of Dover have reduced. Monitoring data collected by DDC shows that objectives for SO2 levels are now being met, and no exceedances have been recorded since 2006. This was reported to and accepted by DEFRA, and the Council stopped monitoring SO2 levels at the docks in January 2013. Further reductions in sulphur content in fuels is proposed to be implemented from 1 January 2015. DDC’s Cabinet approved the revocation of the existing AQMA for the Eastern Docks at its meeting on 2 June. The Order takes effect from 1st August 2014. 


Other Reports

Environmental Permitting

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 introduced measures to reduce and control emissions to air, land and water from specified industrial processes and now the operators of specified installations are required to obtain a permit to operate.

Garden Bonfires

Garden bonfires produce smoke which contains carbon monoxide and toxic fumes and can ruin a neighbour's enjoyment of their garden, prevent windows being opened and prevent them hanging out their washing.


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