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Air quality in Latvia – pollutants do not exceed permitted limits

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia’s Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre’s experts have concluded in their report on the quality of air observed in Latvia last year that none of the pollutants measured in Riga and other Latvian cities had exceeded permitted limits.

«The report on quality of air details information regarding different pollutants (such as, SO2, NO2, PM10 and PM2.5 particles, benzole, Pb, Cd, Ni, As ). In Latvia it is usual for there to be increased concentrations of pollutants such as NO2, which is usually because of intense heating seasons during winter, road traffic intensity, and dangerous PM10 and PM2.5 particles, which appear from using salt and sand on roads to clear ice. There is also benzole, high concentrations of which appear as a result of oil product handling and air pollution from traffic intensity,» says the environment centre.

After analysing data from observation stations in Riga and other location in Latvia, it is concluded that none of the monitored pollutants had exceeded levels that would make them dangerous to human health last year.

Data for Riga was compiled using measurements from five stations. Data regarding air pollution in other regions in Latvia was recovered from seven monitoring stations located in different cities.

«The limits on permitted levels of pollutants were not exceeded, but in Riga we did observe increased concentration of NO2, PM10 and benzopirene particles in Riga. Elsewhere in Latvia – Liepaja – we observed increased concentrations of PM2.5 particles and benzopirene. In Ventspils we observed increased concentrations of benzole. When increased air pollution levels are reached, it is necessary to consider requirements of the Cabinet of Ministers regarding quality of air. These requirements detail that in such situations it is necessary to continue measurements,» Environment Centre’s Air and Climate Control Office manager Aiva Eindorfa.

The centre notes that data from the World Health Organization shows that air pollution has a major impact on human health. «Pollution can increase the risk of respiratory system, cause coughing, loss of breath or asthma attacks. Air pollution can also increase the risk of obstructive lung illnesses and sensitivity to respiratory infections.»


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