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Local Air Quality Management (LAQM) is a management tool that aims to improve and maintain local air quality so that it meets EU standards and protects human health and the environment. The model being used in Europe consists of an assessment of air quality in relation to legislative standards or objectives (limit values in European legislation) for specified pollutants. Where such objectives are unlikely to be met, specific locations are designated for action.
In the UK, such locations are Air Quality Management Areas (AQMAs) and are designated by individual local authorities. UK Air Quality Action Plans (AQAPs) are being implemented at both the local level (to put in place local policies and measures to improve air quality to acceptable levels) and at a national level. This topic describes national and local level policy implementation.
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