Air quality standards subject of High Court challenge

02 August 2011

Posted by Samuel Couratin

The standards of air quality across the UK are the subject of proceedings against the Government.

ClientEarth has announced it has issued judicial review proceedings calling on ministers to do more to ensure people are not exposed to poor quality and toxic air in British towns and cities.

According to the environmental law organization, it is challenging the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary to protect public health, with an estimated 29,000 individuals currently dying annually as a result of air pollution.

"Since modern air quality laws were introduced, successive governments have failed to clean up the air we breathe," said ClientEarth Chief Executive, James Thornton, adding that the Coalition has stated it will attempt to meet European Air Quality Standards but has not provided plans on reducing nitrogen dioxide levels.

In its latest survey on air quality at automatic monitoring sites in the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs rated 118 as low, eight as moderate and had no data on three locations.

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