Fracking traffic to increase air pollution

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A new study from Newcastle University predicts a potential increase in air pollution near fracking wells. Levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) could rise by up to 30% at peak times due to lorries shipping water and chemicals to sites and removing waste water.
The report also looked into the effects of noise from vehicle movements and the damage to roads from the large number of 40 tonne petrol tanker-style lorries moving around potentially unsuitable roads.
Air pollution from vehicle emissions is a particular public health concern. Public Health England have concluded that around 29,000 people die prematurely each year in the UK as a result of particulates from vehicles. Recent studies show that the figure may be substantially higher when NOx emissions are included.