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Canterbury generally has good air quality, and in many places, such as national parks, the air is virtually free of contaminants released by human activities. However, around air pollution sources such as home heating fires, industries and congested roads, concentrations of pollutants can exceed acceptable standards and cause nuisance and adverse human health effects. These pollutants also affect ecosystems.
Chapter 3 of the Natural Resources Regional Plan (NRRP) addresses air quality issues by putting in place a framework whereby discharges of pollutants to air are restricted, particularly in those areas (air sheds) where air quality is often poor. It addresses activities such as:
- the use of home heating appliances (fires)
- industrial discharges to air
- discharges to air of agrichemicals such as pesticides and fertilisers.
When making this chapter operative, some minor errors were identified and corrected by way of minor change: