MoEFCC plans to revise NAAQS

MoEFCC plans to revise NAAQS. As of now the Government of India has notified NAAQS for 12 pollutants in 2009 for protection of health & environment from air pollution.

Examining the situation & developments in air pollution measuring techniques, risk and exposure assessment, and a review of Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), the public’s health has improved. A collaborative team led by IT Kanpur has been tasked with reviewing the NAAQS.

The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981 stipulates functions of the Central Pollution Control Board and State Pollution Control Board as given below:

  1. Central Pollution Control Board to lay down standards for air quality.
  2. In consultation with the Central Pollution Control Board and taking into account the CPCB’s air quality standards, the State Pollution Control Board to establish standards for the emission of air pollutants into the atmosphere from industrial plants and automobiles, as well as for the discharge of any air pollutant into the atmosphere.
  3. World Health Organisation (WHO) has published WHO’s Air Quality guideline (AQG) in September, 2021, these guidelines give recommendations for air quality levels to protect health of population.

These guidelines for ambient air quality are guidance to policymakers. Periodic revision of NAAQS is undertaken to include new advancements in air pollution monitoring and its health impact

Date of Release – 02.02.2022

Applicable – Policymakers involved in the formation of NAAQS

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