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Air pollution

Find out about how air pollution is monitored, and how to apply for Environmental and Waste Oil Burner permits.


There are many different types of air pollution, affecting our health and our local environment in different ways. UK-AIR provides more information about the latest pollution levels and forecast information.

In Cambridgeshire, the major sources of air pollution are vehicle emissions and industrial processes. In Fenland, the Environment Agency regulates emissions from the most potentially polluting processes (such as brickworks.)

The Council's role is to prevent pollution from other sources, including homes. They currently monitor the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide, Smoke and Sulphur Dioxide in Fenland. European legislation says the following pollutants must also be monitored: Fine Particulate matter (pdf icon PM10 Particulates [6kb]), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Benzene, 1,3-Butadiene and Lead.

Smoke and odour from bonfires can also affect people's health. Read about bonfire guidance.