Press release
UK air pollution limits won't be met until 2030

Responding to Government revelations today (Thursday 10 July 2014) that it doesn't expect EU legal limits for nitrogen dioxide air pollution to be met in London, Birmingham and Leeds until after 2030, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner Jenny Bates said: 

"Failure to meet air pollution limits in three of our major cities for another sixteen years would have serious impacts on the health of thousands of people.

"These air quality rules should already have been met. Government, councils and the London Mayor must make this issue an urgent priority, and end this national scandal.

"Rapid steps to ban the dirtiest vehicles and cut traffic levels must be taken, and road-building plans that will simply add to the problem should be abandoned."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. UK cities will exceed EU pollution limits until 2030, figures show | Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/10/uk-cities-breach-eu-pollution-limits-2030

2. The Government admission came during today's legal action, brought by Client Earth,  at the Court of Justice of the European Union:
http://www.clientearth.org/201407102597/news/press-releases/uk-will-miss-air-pollution-deadline-by-over-20-years-fails-to-suppress-information-in-eu-court-2597

3. News that the UK Government believes nitrogen dioxide limits in London, Birmingham and Leeds won't be met until after 2030 is 20 years after the original deadline of 2010. It is also five years later than previously acknowledged for London, and 10 years later for Birmingham and Leeds. Projected dates for meeting limits in many other cities has also been delayed: http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk/library/no2ten/

 

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