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HMIP RELEASES IN-DEPTH REPORT ON EAST THAMES AIR QUALITY

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Environment and Countryside Minister, Tim Yeo, today launched a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution o...
Environment and Countryside Minister, Tim Yeo, today launched a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution on industry's effect on air quality in the East Thames Corridor.

The report, which addresses the effects of emissions of nitrogen oxides from existing and proposed process industries in the East Thames Corridor, concludes that the proposed new projects, taken together, will have only a small impact on current NOx levels and will not cause a breach of the statutory EC limit.

Commenting on the report Mr Yeo said: 'The conclusion from HMIP's study is very good news indeed. It demonstrates what can be achieved by the application of state-of-the-art technology for environmental protection.

The Director and Chief Executive of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution, David Slater, said the study, which addresses the effects of nitrogen oxides released by major industry, is one of the most detailed case studies of its kind ever performed by the Inspectorate.

Dr Slater said: 'We face something of a special case in the East Thames Corridor because up to ten major new industrial processes are proposed in an area where concentrations of NOx are already relatively high.

'This means that we need to take an especially close look at the potential cumulative effects of these new projects before authorising them under Integrated Pollution Control (IPC).'

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