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17 Aug 2022

UPDATE: EPA monitoring air quality in Offaly town after spike in particulates in last 24 hours

Series of alerts issued about poor air quality  in an Offaly town in last 24 hours

Series of alerts issued about poor air quality in an Offaly town in last 24 hours

The EPA is keeping the local air quality network monitoring station in an Offaly town under review after a spike in the particulate levels in the air. 

This graph shows how the particulate and gas readings collected a the Banagher station in the last 24 hours. 

It does show a serious spike in the readings with one of the highest readings coming at 12pm

According to the EPA, the air in Banagher currently has a rating of 'Fair', the only part of the country with this rating. 

In a statement to the Offaly Express, the EPA states:

"The local air quality network monitoring station in Banagher Co. Offaly has moved to a Fair status due to the indicative particulate matter concentrations monitored in the town. When there are elevated localised concentrations of pollutants, often linked to unfavourable weather conditions, the Air Quality Index for Health (AQIH) will shift away from a good status. Further information on the AQIH and its linked health advice is outlined on www.airquality.ie. The EPA is keeping this local air quality network monitoring station under review."

You can continue to check the hourly readings from the Banagher station by clicking here

Editor's Note: This story has been updated with information received from the EPA

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