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Most of the pollutants, related to petroleum production, processing and use, have an intrinsic toxic potential which permits them to be included in the Hazardous Pollutants category. Their photochemical reaction products are more dangerous than the original pollutants and may affect biological systems at extremely low concentrations. The review of the previous NAAQS and inclusion of new parameters was undertaken by the CPCB in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The Proposal for revision in NAAQS was deliberated upon extensively and has been notified under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 on 16.11.2009 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The ministry has recently revised its National Ambient Air Quality Standards and has introduced more comprehensive monitoring strategies. It is also developing protocols for various parameters of ambient air as well as indoor air. It is also working on initiating comprehensive national ambient noise quality monitoring in urban areas.
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