CIEH is unsurprised by ClientEarth's legal warning to UK Government

Publication Date: 1st March 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following ClientEarth’s final legal warning to the UK government to act on air pollution, Howard Price, Principal Policy for the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), said:  

“It’s not entirely surprising that ClientEarth has felt it has to pursue this course of action. If Defra`s Plan amounts to a complete plan at all, it still made no attempt to demonstrate that it will lead to compliance with EU limit values `as soon as possible` and ministers appear to be deliberately dragging their feet.

“It is imperative that Defra now produces the templates and draft legislation for Clean Air Zones, along with greater clarity about their funding, quickly. Only then can we really assess their likely effectiveness in bringing down NO2 levels or, alternatively, know if even more stringent measures might be needed.”


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