Exposure to fine particles above EC threshold values
Assessment made on 01 Jan 2001
ClassificationAir pollution (Primary theme)
Policy issue: Are Europeans less exposed to particulates?
A large fraction of Europe's urban population is exposed to particulate levels above the limits set for protecting human health.
While there are no targets set for PM10 emssions, there are limits set for exposure to suspended particles, set out in a European Directive in 1980. Unfortunately, suspended particles have not been monitored consistently over the years, while monitoring PM10 has only begun recently.
While this does emphasise the need for consistent PM10 monitoring across Europe in the future, the data collected to date does show that a large fraction of Europeï¿½s population is exposed to particulates at levels above those recommended for their health. Despite the reductions forecast for emissions of PM10 and its precursors, this is expected to remain the case in the near future.
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Exceedance days of particulate matter