The necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, PM10, lead, benzene and carbon monoxide in the air throughout the zones and agglomerations do not exceed the limit values stated in Appendix 188.8.131.52.
Compliance with these regulations shall be assessed in accordance with Appendix 184.108.40.206.
The established margins of tolerance stated in Appendix 220.127.116.11 shall be applied in accordance with Article 18.104.22.168.11, paragraph 3, and Article 22.214.171.124.1, §1.
The alarm thresholds stated in Appendix 126.96.36.199, Part A, shall apply to the concentrations of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide in the air.
All necessary measures shall be taken that do not involve any excessive costs to reduce exposure to PM2.5, with the aim of achieving the regional target value for reducing exposure stated in Appendix 188.8.131.52, Part B, for the year indicated therein.
The necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the regional average exposure index for 2015, established in accordance with Appendix 184.108.40.206, Part A, does not exceed the regional exposure concentration obligation laid down in Part C of that Appendix.
The regional average exposure index for PM2.5 shall be assessed by the Flanders Environment Agency in accordance with Appendix 220.127.116.11, Part A.
In accordance with Appendix 18.104.22.168, the number of sampling points on which the regional average exposure index for PM2.5 is based, and its spread, shall be such that an accurate picture is obtained of the exposure of the population in general. The number of sampling points shall not be less than the number obtained by applying Appendix 22.214.171.124, Part B.
All necessary measures shall be taken that do not involve any excessive costs to ensure that the concentrations of PM2.5 in the air do not exceed the target value stated in Appendix 126.96.36.199, Part D, from the date stated therein.
All necessary measures shall be taken to ensure that the concentrations of PM2.5 in the air do not exceed the limit value stated in Appendix 188.8.131.52, Part E, from the date stated therein throughout the zones and agglomerations. Compliance with that regulation shall be assessed in accordance with Appendix 184.108.40.206.
The margins of tolerance stated in Appendix 220.127.116.11, Part E, shall be applied in accordance with Article 18.104.22.168.1, §1.
All necessary measures shall be taken that do not involve any excessive costs to ensure that the target values and long-term objectives are achieved.
For zones and agglomerations where a target value is exceeded, the programme established under Article 22.214.171.124 and, where applicable, an air quality plan shall be implemented to ensure that the target values are achieved with effect from the date stated in Appendix 126.96.36.199, Part B, except where that cannot be done with measures that do not involve any excessive costs.
For zones and agglomerations where the ozone levels in the air are higher than the long-term objectives, but lower than or equal to the target values, cost-effective measures shall be prepared and implemented with the aim of achieving the long-term objectives. These measures must be in accordance with the air quality plan and with the programme stated in paragraph 2.
The Flanders Environment Agency shall provide the European Commission, through the appropriate channels, with a list for a particular year of zones and agglomerations where exceedances of limit values for a particular pollutant can be attributed to natural sources. Information shall also be provided on the concentrations and sources and the evidence showing that the exceedances can be attributed to natural sources.
When the European Commission has been notified of an exceedance attributable to natural sources in accordance with paragraph 1, this exceedance shall not be regarded as an exceedance within the meaning of this Section.
If, in a particular zone or agglomeration, no compliance with the limit values for nitrogen dioxide or benzene can be achieved by the deadlines stated in Appendix 188.8.131.52, the Flemish minister may grant a deferral of up to five years for that specific zone or agglomeration, provided an air quality plan is drawn up in accordance with Article 184.108.40.206.1 for the zone or agglomeration to which the deferral would apply. That air quality plan shall be supplemented with the information stated in Appendix 220.127.116.11, Part B, relating to the polluting substances in question, and show how compliance can be achieved with the limit values before the new deadline stated in Appendix 18.104.22.168.
If, due to location-specific dispersion characteristics, unfavourable climatic conditions or cross-border contributions in a particular zone or agglomeration, no compliance can be achieved with the limit values for PM10 stated in Appendix 22.214.171.124, the Flemish minister may grant an exception from the obligation to apply these limit values until 11 June 2011, provided the condition in paragraph 1 is met and it is demonstrated that all appropriate measures have been taken at national, regional and local level to comply with the deadlines.
In the application of paragraph 1 or 2, the exceedance of the limit value for each polluting substance shall be kept within the maximum margin of tolerance stated in Appendix 126.96.36.199.
Use may be made of paragraphs 1 and 2 if the following conditions are cumulatively met:
|1°||the Flemish minister informs the European Commission of the intention to apply paragraph 1 or 2;|
|2°||the air quality plan stated in paragraph 1, including all relevant data required by the European Commission to assess whether the conditions in question have been met, is sent to the European Commission by the Flemish minister, after being approved by the Government of Flanders;|
|3°||the European Commission does not raise any objections within nine months of receiving the notification, as a result of which the conditions in question for the application of paragraph 1 or 2 are regarded as having been met.|
If the European Commission raises an objection within nine months of receipt of the notification stated in paragraph 4, and if it requires the air quality plans to be adapted or replaced by new ones, the Flemish minister shall send the European Commission the adapted or new air quality plans, approved by the Government of Flanders.