Greater than 2000 sports activities fields, nurseries, faculties and nursing properties within the Netherlands are too near a busy highway, in response to new tips from the GGDs. Analysis platform Investico has investigated this for Trouw and De Groene Amsterdammer.
It’s damaged down into 902 sports activities fields, 607 day-care facilities and out-of-school care, 273 faculties and 257 nursing properties. They’re inside 150 meters of a busy highway, which, in response to well being authorities, poses “an elevated threat to public well being”. The GGDs level out that air air pollution can result in respiratory illnesses and even lung most cancers, particularly in kids and the aged.
Though the air legally meets European requirements, umbrella group GGD GHOR has been utilizing a brand new guideline since March that’s based mostly on really useful values of the World Well being Group (WHO). That recommendation is stricter.
Greater than 100,000 college students
The brand new recommendation impacts many individuals. The 273 main and secondary faculties alone which might be too near a busy highway have greater than 100,000 college students, in response to Investico.
Municipalities themselves decide whether or not they convert the brand new GGD guideline into coverage. The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Administration tells Investico that eight municipalities have already finished so and are taking it under consideration when, for instance, figuring out the situation of recent faculties and daycare facilities. There may be additionally “a handful” of municipalities which might be engaged on this.