Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 required the production of a national strategy for air quality. The same Act places a duty on local authorities to carryout periodic reviews of air quality to determine if they will meet the objectives set out in the National Air Quality Strategy (NAQS). The National Air Quality Strategy was first published in March 1997 with the Air Quality Regulations providing the legal footing for the air quality objective’s set out in the NAQS. The NAQS uses health-based standards to control the levels of seven designated air pollutants. The objectives for these pollutants can be viewed here:
Bristol City Council has completed several rounds of review and assessment, with the latest reports published on its website www.bristol.gov.uk/airquality.