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Brighton street put on health alert over pollution
8:23am Wednesday 24th July 2013 in News
A BUSY street was put on health alert after air pollution levels exceeded Government levels.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) issued a public warning after its recording equipment at Brighton’s Preston Park lodged measurements of 182 micrograms per cubic metre – above its 180 level.
Officials blamed the warm weather for the temporary rise, which was flagged at 4pm on Monday.
Despite admitting it would pose some health concerns to the most vulnerable, Defra said its longer readings spread over eight hours had remained “moderate” through the day.
Chris Todd, of Brighton and Hove Friends of the Earth, said: “This alert highlights the need for urgent action to tackle air pollution in the city.
“For too long, there has been a lack of action both locally and nationally.” A council spokeswoman said: “The Defra statement relates to ground level ozone which should not be confused with harm to the ozone layer.
“Near to ground level ozone is caused by reaction with other pollutants in strong sunlight.”
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