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Europe at its ‘best’ takes legal action against UK at its ‘worst’ on air pollution

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European Commission (Commission) has sent the UK a ‘Letter of formal notice’ for breaching nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit values in 16 of 43 zones.  The UK is the first of the EU’s 28 Member States to receive enforcement action on … Continue reading

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Government lobbying for changes that would weaken emissions systems tests

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Government is lobbying, with others in the Council of Ministers, for changes that would weaken new roadworthiness tests for emissions systems across Europe  This is a Red Line issue.  European Commission and European Parliament must withdraw from negotiations with the … Continue reading

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Government treats limit values with contempt by M4 bus lane

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‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) lodges formal three-part complaint with the European Commission ‘Part one’ of the Complaint is that the Secretary of State for Transport proceeded with the permanent removal of the M4 bus lane despite it causing aggravated, … Continue reading

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Government admits widespread breaches of air pollution laws

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34 of 43 UK zones breached the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) annual limit value in 2012 Cardiff has joined Leicester, North Wales, Nottingham and Portsmouth in breaching the terms of their time extensions.  Bournemouth and Coventry failed to meet the pre-condition for … Continue reading

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Government ‘cover-ups’ or legal breaches during consultation to scrap monitoring

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Government’s four proposals to scrap or reduce Local Air Quality Management are unacceptable  Government ‘covered-up’ and/or breached its legal duty to issue two separate ‘Information alerts’ to warn the public of smog just days after proposing to scrap local air … Continue reading

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EU (much) more ‘competent’ than UK Government on air quality

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Call for Evidence: Environment and Climate Change Only the EU has competence to set Europe-wide product standards and environmental limits 75% of UK respondents to a recent Eurobarometer survey on ‘Attitudes of European towards air quality’ think that the EU … Continue reading

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Landmark legal victory for ClientEarth

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Supreme Court declares UK in breach of nitrogen dioxide legal limits and refers case to the Court of Justice of the European Union Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said: “Congratulations to ClientEarth on its landmark … Continue reading

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‘Free market’ anarchists lobbying EU Environment Ministers to weaken health protections

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‘Year of Air’ in 2013 Government is expected to lobby for weaker public health protections at an informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers in Dublin next Monday and Tuesday Instead, we must hammer harmful emissions against the anvil of air … Continue reading

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Most-read stories of 2012

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A look back at the media releases and campaign letters that proved the most popular in 2012. January ‘Clean Air in London’ lodges complaint over breaches of air pollution laws in London http://cleanair.london/legal/clean-air-in-london-lodges-complaint-over-breaches-of-air-pollution-laws-in-london/ Guide to health impacts:  ‘Invisible’ air pollution … Continue reading

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Mayor releases 750 pages of details about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws

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Mayor releases first tranche of information about his lobbying to weaken air pollution laws   Information reveals lobbying on an industrial scale to influence hundreds of organisations and individuals across Europe.  It would have caused a scandal if released before the … Continue reading

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Mayor caught lobbying to weaken international air pollution laws

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Mayor of London is lobbying for ‘flexibility’ in possible new laws and hiding his communications with 11 other European cities and regions in the lobbying group BBC investigation discovers the Mayor’s partners include the some of the most polluted areas of … Continue reading

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Four of nine UK zones have already breached nitrogen dioxide time extension

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Time extensions for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) have been breached already in Leicester, North Wales, Nottingham and Portsmouth Worsening in each of the last three years of one of the most important determinants of public health i.e. exposure to fine particles … Continue reading

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New runways (or airports) would breach legal limits for air pollution

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Draft Aviation Policy Framework – Response from Clean Air in London Government and Mayor of London are lobbying to weaken air pollution laws Dear Sir or Madam I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) to respond … Continue reading

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Complaint to Commission

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‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) calls for Caroline Spelman MP to be held accountable and resign for the UK misleading the European Commission (Commission) over its Plans and Programmes for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and other serious public health failings Commission … Continue reading

Guide to legal issues: UK is cheating on air quality laws and misleading the European Commission

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UK is cheating on air quality laws and misleading the European Commission Air quality laws are breached every day by a factor or two or more along London’s busiest roads (and elsewhere).  No other public health or environmental standard is breached … Continue reading