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25.04.2017 10:30
Transport Is the Main Year-Round Cause for Air Pollution in Sofia, Audit Finds
The report took into consideration that Sofia Region has the smallest surface of all Bulgarian regions, while it houses the densest population in the country
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Measures applied by Sofia Municipality have led to a significant decrease of the average yearly air pollution with fine dust particles. Nevertheless, few points of measurement across the territory of the municipality were compliant with the mean yearly ‘healthy’ norms, with transport being the main culprit for excess fine particles concentrations in the air of the Bulgarian capital city. These are the main findings of a report released by the Bulgarian National Audit Office covering the period between 2010 and 2015.

The audit results affirm that transport – both public and private – is a constant year-round source of fine dust particles pollution in Sofia, to which add up the use of diesel as a fuel, deterioration of road infrastructure, and the poor rate of street cleaning.

Poor management of construction works and sites was the second biggest culprit for air pollution for this period.

The Audit Office also said that there are seasonal peaks in fine dust particles due to using timber for heating.

The report took into consideration that Sofia Region has the smallest surface of all Bulgarian regions, while it houses the densest population in the country. Meanwhile, the above factors have led to an increased frequency of upper respiratory tract diseases and allergic rhinitis among the population of the region.


TAGS: transport | pollution | Sofia | air | air quality | Sofia | Bulgaria | fine dust particles | Bulgarian National Audit Office 


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