CIEH comments on Government's response to EFRA committee air quality report

Publication Date: 14th September 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the Efra Committee publishing the government`s response to its report on air quality, Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer for CIEH, said:  

“Nitrogen oxides and particulate matter emissions are obviously important. But the National Air Quality Plan, which Defra has nailed its colours to, is miss-named and regrettably there is still no plan to revise the 2007 National Air Quality Strategy to plot the way forward for all significant pollutants and the contributions of more Government departments than just Defra and DfT.

“We also regret the on-going delay in producing the template for Clean Air Zones, promised for the beginning of this year, together with a commitment from the Government not merely to support scoping studies but to fully fund their implementation as new burdens on local authorities.”

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Efra Committee’s publication of Government response to air quality report: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmenvfru/665/665.pdf 

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