'Without monitoring we won't know how bad the air quality is on parts of the northside': Greens call for more air pollution monitors

'Without monitoring we won't know how bad the air quality is on parts of the northside': Greens call for more air pollution monitors

It comes as air quality in Cork was recorded as being “very poor” again on Monday.

Calls have been made by the Green Party for more air pollution monitors on the northside of the city.

It comes as air quality in Cork was recorded as being “very poor” again on Monday at the indicative Heatherton Park station near the South Link Road.

A series of indicative monitors have been installed across Cork by Cork City Council and University College Cork. These are then calibrated against high-quality reference Environmental Protection Agency stations.

Green Party Councillor and general election candidate in Cork North Central, Oliver Moran, said that there are many reasons for poor air quality, especially during still, cold weather which was the case on Monday. 

“This is when there is a ten-fold spike in pollution from home fuel burning, with no wind to disperse the polluted air,” he said.

“We heard last week at the Climate Action Committee that Cork City Council are actively seeking locations for indicative monitoring stations across the city in collaboration with UCC. The locations will need to be in a suitable site with access to electricity and WiFi.

“However, these need to be backed up with an EPA-supplied reference unit, of which there are currently none on the north side of the city,” he added.

The city’s Environment Committee heard from UCC’s Prof. John Wenger recently on the topic of air pollution. The committee heard of the possibility of voluntary “no-burn nights” in Cork, as 50% of air pollution during colder months is from home heating.

"Without air monitoring stations we won't know how bad the air quality is on parts of the northside, and without that information we won't know how best to effectively tackle it" Councillor Moran concluded.

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