Dutch air 'cleaner than thought'

24th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The air above the Netherlands is cleaner than previously thought, newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' reported on Friday.

24 February 2006

AMSTERDAM — The air above the Netherlands is cleaner than previously thought, newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' reported on Friday.

Pollution due to soot and dust particles is mainly a problem above the Randstad agglomeration that includes Amsterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Rotterdam and other cities.

A spokesperson for the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP) said the newspaper report referred to the "first rough estimates" of its tests. "We are still working on the data," he said.

The MNP hopes to have a better explanation of the new picture of Dutch air quality when it has finished its review. "We suspect it is a combination of more precise calculation methods and regulations against pollution."

There are wide variations across the Netherlands. Noord Brabant and Limburg provinces were totally coloured red, indicating very high pollutions, in earlier charts. The latest data reveals the situation may not be as bad, with polluted air concentrated above pig farms and a selection of other sites in the region.

The air above the cities is less grimy than believed, but the pollution is still above the legal level. Plans for new residential districts and roads have been suspended in the last two years because the air was thought to be too polluted.

Although the MNP does not expect to have definite results before Tuesday at the earliest, Environment Minister Pieter van Geel is pleased with the preliminary results, his spokesperson said.  But he cautioned tough regulation was still required in urban regions.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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