Control of industrial emissions
The Council is responsible for permitting certain smaller industrial processes (Part B processes) and conditions are applied to control air pollution. The Environment Agency is responsible for larger industrial process and conditions apply to control air, land and water pollution for these installations.
Part B Process details within West Oxfordshire are provided.
Local air quality management
The UK government has produced The United Kingdom Air Quality Strategy 2007 as a requirement to improve areas of poor air quality, reduce any remaining significant risks to health and to achieve the wider objectives of sustainable development regarding air quality in the UK.
The pollutants of concern for local air quality management are:
Areas in the district not meeting the objective for nitrogen dioxide:
Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) have been declared and an Action Plan is in place for Chipping Norton and one is for Witney.
The Air Quality Action Plan page details the draft work on the Chipping Norton Action Plan and you can view and print off the AQMA location plans and previous air quality reports from the right-hand downloads section of this page.
Information about the chemistry and effects of the air pollutants can also be found under the Downloads section.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. It has no taste, smell or colour; in fact, special devices are needed to detect it. Radon is everywhere, usually at low levels that pose negligible risk. However, some households in West Oxfordshire contain radon at levels that may affect health. We hold information about the risk of Radon in the district. You may wish to visit the UK Radon website where you can learn more about Radon and order a Radon test kit.
For more information phone 01993 861060 or use the online enquiry form on the right of this page.
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