According to the statement made by the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, the Ministry of the Environment’s Environmental Protection Agency conducted air quality measurements in Nicosia, Famagusta, Girne, Güzelyurt, Teknecik, Kalecik and Alevkayası and the year 2016 air quality was assessed.
In 2016, daily and annual dust concentrations exceeded the limit values established for the protection of human health, according to the results of the report on the quality of air evaluated in comparison with the Air Quality Assessment and Management Regulation harmonized with the European Union directives.
The maximum dust was measured at Girne Fire Station. The average annual limit value for dust concentration was 40 μg / m3 while the annual average values of dust were 46.6 μg / m3 in Girne, 45.5 μg / m3 in Bedrettin Demirel Caddesi, 39.7 μg / m3 in Famagusta, 33.3 μg / m3 in the case of Kalecik, 24.6 μg / m3 in the case of Kalecik and 36.7 μg / m3 in the case of Nicosia Küçükkaymaklı. In other areas, annual average was determined as 18 μg / m3 in Alevkayası and 22.5 μg / m3 in Teknecik.
The daily mean limit value of 50 μg / m3 for the dust concentration was exceeded in excess of the number of permissible days in 4 areas.
In 2016, Girne Fire Station was the place where it exceeded the maximum. 117 days, ie 32% of the year, the limit value was exceeded. 109 days in Nicosia Traffic Station, 72 days in Famagusta and 48 days in Nicosia Küçükkaymaklı.
Among the threats to public health in recent years, Central Sulphur Dioxide emissions, which are on the agenda, have reached values that do not threaten human health, because of the prohibition of use of fuel oil containing more than 1% sulphur.
In addition, nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide and benzin pollutants remained at Regular levels throughout the year at normal levels.
The ozone concentration was at the target value of 120 micrograms / m3 at the Alevkayasi Station, which was more days than the number of days allowed. In a calendar year when the number of permissible expirations is 25 days. At the Alevkayasi Station, the target value of ozone was exceeded by 154 days.
Although the nitrogen dioxide concentration exceeded the limit value of 200 micrograms / m3 in the Kalecik region as an average of 1 hour, it was below the limit that could be exceeded 18 times as stated in the Regulation.
Concentrations of carbon monoxide and benzin did not exceed the target values set for human health in any measurement area. Concentrations of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides were not exceeded at the Alevkayasi station, which is the station concerned for plant and ecosystem targets.