Nitrogen dioxide alarm in Brussels

12th February 2008, Comments 0 comments

In three places in Brussels too high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were measured Monday morning.

In three places in Brussels too high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide were measured Monday morning. 190 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre were measured- which exceeds the permitted norm in Brussels of 150 micrograms/cubic metre.

The Brussels Region intends to carry out extra speed controls on Tuesday because driving slower helps limit the emission of polluting substances. Extra speed limits though, such as during the smog alarm earlier this year, will not be imposed.

The aim of the extra speed controls is to make people aware of the problem and to make sure that the nitrogen dioxide concentrations do not rise further over the coming days.

 (Belga) The extra controls are symbolic because the permitted nitrogen dioxide level in Brussels is already very low- 150 micrograms per cubic metre, whereas in Europe up to 400 micrograms is permitted.

The Flemish Region is not worried about the nitrogen dioxide concentrations and the Flemish smog action plan does not even take it into account.

According to Flemish Environment Minister Hilda Crevits (Christian democrat), although there are13 nitrogen dioxide measurement stations in Flanders, it is not a parameter that is included in the particulate matter plan.

The reason for this is that there is very little chance that the level will be exceeded, and if it is exceeded it is only in a very limited area.

A measure for all of Flanders does not make sense, according to the Flemish Environment Minister.

flandersnews.be 

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