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Posted on: 09/03/2006

EUIn the coming weeks, MEPA expects a handsome delivery - two brand new air monitoring stations worth over Lm 200,000, while another station is expected to be procured by the end of the year.

"The European Union is contributing to a significant share of the capital cost for the purchasing of these stations. These two stations will upgrade the present air monitoring network allowing more and better data to be collected. This will allow real time presentation of information to the public."-said Mr. Louis Vella, the project leader.

According to the latest State of the Environment Report released by MEPA in January, air pollution remains high in certain urban areas and can be hazardous to human health. A national air monitoring programme is necessary to provide data for decision makers to be used in plans and programmes to improve the air quality situation in the Maltese Islands.

Two stations are being co-funded from the EU European Regional Development Fund, while another station, as well as a training project implemented jointly with the G.I.P. France Coopération Internationale (FCI) is being financed by the EU Transitional Facility programme. All three stations will be accompanied by the provision of practical technical training to MEPA staff, routine calibration, maintenance and servicing.