Air Pollution within the Law; but Protesters Sceptical of Report's Findings

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AIR pollution in a Warwickshire town is within legal limits despite fears over emissions from a nearby cement works.

Experts measured the amount of airborne chemicals, such as nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide, in Rugby during a year-long study.

Attention focused on the areas surrounding the Rugby Cement plant where campaigners fear chemicals are being emitted from the chimney following the introduction of tyre-burning trials.

But Rugby Borough Council, which carried out the study, said health limits for major air pollutants were not being breached in any part of the town.

They added that dust levels around the cement plant were high but within the guidelines.

Cllr Carolyn Robbins, the borough's environment portfolio holder, stressed the council was aware of the concerns of many residents regarding the cement works, but said: "This report is one of the most detailed assessments of air quality undertaken in the country.

"It is very reassuring that the air quality in this part of the borough is well within government limits. …