Local authorities in the UK have statutory duties for managing local air quality under Part IV of the Environment Act 1995 and in Northern Ireland, Part III of the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.
In May 1997 the Government produced the National Air Quality Strategy (NAQS). The strategy represents a comprehensive approach to maintaining and improving the quality of ambient air in the United Kingdom.
In Breckland, as well as recording meteorological data, the monitoring station is equipped to monitor for:
•fine particles (PM10)
•oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
•There is also an extensive network of diffusion tubes for NO2