CIEH comments on Government plans to expand Heathrow

Publication Date: 25th October 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the news that the Government has approved a third runway at Heathrow to expand UK airport capacity, Tony Lewis, Head of Education and Policy at CIEH, said: 

“Even if the business case has now been accepted to expand Heathrow, it is imperative the inevitable environmental damage is kept within acceptable limits.

“While the Government has made some provisions to mitigate against increased noise and air pollution, we believe they do not go far enough. Air quality in London is already in breach of EU standards and a new runway is only going to make things worse.

“We strongly urge the Government to consider the disruption and negative impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of local communities and that minimum conditions must be met before a single plane takes off from the new runway.”


Notes to editors 

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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