Changes to Construction Guidance

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

The IAQM Guidance on the assessment of dust from demolition and construction has been updated to reflect inconsistencies in Table 3: Sensitivity of the Area to Human Health Impacts. In the original table there was no differentiation for medium sensitivity receptors based on the annual mean PM10 concentration, which lead to some inconsistencies. The table now makes it clear that where the local annual mean PM10 concentration is less than…

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New Minerals Guidance Launched

Posted on June 2nd, 2016

IAQM have launched new Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impacts for Planning. The Guidance was launched at an event at the ARUP London Offices on 24th May. Air quality professionals are frequently required to assess dust impacts from mineral sites, particularly as part of the planning process, and there is currently little government guidance on how a dust assessment should be undertaken. The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)…

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IAQM supports MPs’ calls for urgent action and coherent plan to improve air quality

Posted on April 27th, 2016

The Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) supports many of the recommendations in the ‘Air Quality’ report of the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee, released today. The report recognises that air pollution represents a “public health emergency” and calls for coordinated Government action now to tackle this problem across the UK. The IAQM submitted written evidence to this inquiry, and has now prepared a press…

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New LAQM Technical Guidance available

Posted on April 19th, 2016

Defra’s LAQM Helpdesk webpage has recently announced the release of new Technical Guidance (LAQM.TG16)  on LAQM. This Guidance is available to download here. Updated supporting LAQM Policy Guidance documents are also now available for England (excluding London), Scotland and Wales. The Technical Guidance applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but excludes London. Separate Technical and Policy guidance for London is currently being finalised and will be published in May 2016….

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Consultation open on Mineral Dust Impacts Guidance

Posted on April 8th, 2016

The IAQM is consulting Members on the draft Guidance on the Assessment of Mineral Dust Impact for Planning. This IAQM document has been prepared to assist practitioners undertaking dust assessments for mineral sites. It applies to the extraction, handling , processing (e.g. crushing/screening) and transport of solid minerals, and not to liquid or gaseous mineral products. It provides advice on robust and consistent good practice approaches that can be used…

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