CIEH comments on 'air pollution contributes to 40,000 early deaths' report

Publication Date: 25th February 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the publication of a report by the RCP and of RCPCH, which claims outdoor air pollution is contributing to 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK, Howard Price, Principal Policy for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said:  

“This report provides a useful summary of the problems posed by air pollution in the UK and should help inject some ambition into Defra`s four-year strategic plan published last week.

“Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing as soon as possible Defra`s templates and draft legislation for Clean Air Zones, omitted from their Air Quality Plan in December, along with greater clarity about their funding.

“It is imperative that Clean Air Zones fulfil their promise as one of only a few tangible actions the Government is taking to meet NO2 limits.”


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