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Environment Protection Authority

Environmental Issues

Air - NSW overview

Levels of particulate pollution

Monitoring air quality

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) monitors air quality across NSW. This monitoring shows that high concentrations of particle pollution (also known as particulate matter or PM) occur more frequently in regional areas of NSW, particularly in the south-east, than in metropolitan areas. The level of particle pollution in the air in regional areas is a concern as there is increasing evidence that exposure to fine particles has the potential to affect human health, with no known safe level of exposure.

Trees behind houses are obscured by the dust storm.

Dust storm at Gunnedah

Health issues

NSW Health’s Air Pollution web page describes some of the potential health problems that can be caused by particle pollution.

People most sensitive to particle pollution include children, older adults and those with asthma, heart or lung disease.

More information

Further information about particulate matter, including measurement and monitoring, is provided in:

Page last updated: 20 June 2013