Guernsey Air Pollution presentation by Valerie Cameron, Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation

July 2nd, 2010 by Richard Lord

Valerie Cameron, Guernsey's Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation

Valerie Cameron, Guernsey’s Director of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation, will give a presentation on “Air Pollution in Guernsey” on the 6 July 2010 beginning at 7.30 pm at the Frossard Lecture Theatre at Guernsey Museum in Candie Gardens, St. Peter Port.

Valerie Cameron’s department already regulates Guernsey’s solid waste industry.  The next component of the Environmental Pollution (Guernsey) Law 2004 her department will tackle is air pollution, which is covered in Part VII of the law.

To set the stage for Valerie Cameron’s talk, a short film, Air – The Search for One Clean Breath will precede her presentation.

This presentation will form the beginning of a consultation period with the public to discuss what aspects of air pollution in Guernsey should be regulated.

In a few specific locations Guernsey’s air quality does not meet EU standards.  What can be done to bring Guernsey in-line with international air quality standards?  Should garden bonfires be regulated?  Should there be a control of emissions of dark or black smoke and the burning of coal in Guernsey?  These are questions the Director of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation has to grapple with to come up with regulations that safeguard our health.

This presentation is for the public to learn about Guernsey’s air quality and also to provide feedback so that the Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation department can gauge public opinion.  Valerie Cameron wishes to hear the public’s views on proposals to introduce air quality standards for pollutants, air pollution controls for new developments, and for garden bonfires.

Valerie Cameron will discuss the findings of the report “Air Quality in Guernsey – Screening and Assessment document” produced by the Office of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation in March 2010.

Valerie Cameron has a long interest in air pollution.  She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and a Chartered Environmental Health Officer.  She is researching her PhD on the impact of indoor air quality and asthma.

6 Responses to “Guernsey Air Pollution presentation by Valerie Cameron, Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation”

  1. Paul Fletcher

    Will this include carbon dioxide levels emitted by Guernsey into the atmosphere, which also has an effect on health? Though more indirectly. However Carbon Dioxide is also pollution of the air.

  2. Richard Lord

    This is a good question. I hope you can attend Valerie Cameron’s presentation to make this point. Valerie Cameron is looking for public feedback on her proposals.

  3. Chris

    Will the legislation differentiate between ‘bad’ bonfires burning plastic and other nasties and ‘good’ bonfires cleanly burning dry garden waste e.g. apple tree prunings?

  4. Richard Lord

    Chris: I hope you can attend the presentation to ask this question. It is regrettable that some people do use garden bonfires to burn household waste items. Burning wood, leaves, and weeds can also be dangerous to the lungs of the person making the fire. Attend the presentation tonight at 7.30 pm at the Frossard Lecture theatre in Candie Gardens, St Peter Port to ask Valerie Cameron the questions you have.

  5. Gary Blanchford

    Banning garden bonfires, is I believe a step too far, having said that, I think legislation should be strong enough to force people to be responsible when burning their garden rubbish and come down heavily on those who abuse that responsibility to the detriment of others. This Island is becoming legislation happy and the rights of the individual is slowly but surely being eroded.
    I would be at the meeting tonight but have a prior engagement.

  6. rosie dorey

    It is unfortunate that the ‘responsibility’ that comes with ‘freedom’ is so often ignored that eventually, legislation becomes the only way to save the day. I agree that a total bonfire ban does become over zealous,but how do you stop people putting whatever they want into the fire?

    Also, what about diseased plants (like blight) that our gardening books tell us to burn to prevent spreading infection. How should we deal with that?

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