Guernsey’s Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation would like your views on Air Pollution regulations

July 7th, 2010 by Richard Lord

Valerie Cameron, Director of Environmental Health and Pollution Regulation, gave a presentation on Guernsey’s air quality and air pollution on 6 July 2010 to an audience of about 50 Guernsey residents.

She said that the presentation began a public consultation period that would end in August 2010 that would help her draft Ordinances on air pollution.

Part VII of The Environmental Pollution (Guernsey) Law of 2004 enables “the States of Guernsey to control by Ordinance the nature, volume and intensity of pollutants (other than energy) released into or present in the air, whatever their origin.”

“The States may by Ordinance prohibit the release into the air of Guernsey, or at any specified place or description of place within Guernsey, of any substance capable of causing serious pollution of the air, whether in Guernsey or elsewhere.

Levels of air pollution in Guernsey are low although there are specific locations such as in Fontaine Street in St Peter Port where levels of oxides of Nitrogen exceed European Union air quality standards.

Car exhaust gases are a major source of Guernsey's air pollution. Cars emit benezene, nitrogen dioxide, Benzoapyrene and particles (PM 2.5s and PM 10s)

Valerie Cameron asks that the Guernsey public provide her with feedback on what air pollution in Guernsey should be regulated and for this purpose she has produced a questionnaire.

The answers to her questions can be either emailed or posted to the department at:

Valerie Cameron

Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation

Health & Social Services

Longue Rue

St. Martin


Section 50 of The Environmental Pollution (Guernsey) Law 2004 allows the Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation to create an Ordinance to prohibit the emission of dark smoke from chimneys, the burning of commercial waste, or dark smoke emissions from vehicles or vessels.

Guernsey's many coal fires produce dirty smoke

Many ships and boats produce black smoke when their engines start-up

Section 51 allows for an Ordinance to control pollution from furnaces and boilers.

Section 52 allows for an Ordinance to restrict the burning on land in the open air of any substance the burning of which is in the opinion of the States likely to cause pollution.

Remnants of a fire on the Pitronnerie Road Industrial Estate

Section 53 can be used to control the composition of fuels, and Section 54 provides for an Ordinance that empowers the Director to collect information on air pollution form various sources.

1 Response to “Guernsey’s Director of Environmental Health & Pollution Regulation would like your views on Air Pollution regulations”

  1. Gerald Hough

    Vehicle exhaust, particularly diesel, is a bane on healthy walking or cycling to work in preference to the car or van.
    Whilst air quality generally maybe good, due in large part to the constant wind, the concentration of diesel smoke and particulates at pedestrian and cyclist level is unhealthy and in some cases downright dangerous.
    There are no controls over vehicle emissions and to be aware of the extent of the problem you have to walk or cycle! I am especially concerned about our school children who bear the brunt of these pollutants.

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