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AEA has undertaken a review of the 1993 Clean Air Act for Scottish Government. The report of this study is available here.

The Clean Air Act was designed to control smoke emissions, primarily from coal fired industrial boilers and furnaces and, domestic appliances. However, the Act needs to be revised to provide suitable control for modern biomass boilers.

The report reviews both interim measures which could be introduced, along with the more difficult technical investigations that will be required as part of a full review of the Act.

The available tools for Local Authorities (and developers) to assess the possible air quality impacts of biomass boilers are also reviewed in the report.

The findings of the study are summarised in a series of recommendations for consideration by The Scottish Government.