CIEH welcomes ClientEarth latest legal challenge to improve air quality

Publication Date: 18th March 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Commenting on the move by ClientEarth to revive their legal challenge against the UK Government to tackle air pollution in the country, Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer for the CIEH, said: 

“It’s regrettable that after everything that led to the Supreme Court’s ruling the Government seems not to have got the message and we hope ClientEarth’s latest legal challenge will force them to take proper action at last.  

“The Government’s Air Quality Plan was vague, made some bold assumptions, and it’s still not clear in the absence of draft legislation and clarity on funding, how it would be implemented.  Most of all, it made no attempt to show it would result in the achievement of limit values as soon as possible.

“It was inevitable that the Government’s plans would provoke further legal challenge and taken with the failure in the budget to do anything to discourage diesel, it’s almost as though the Government would rather continue risking public health and wellbeing than make real and positive change.

“It is imperative the Government now publishes the draft legislation for Clean Air Zones and clears up the questions about their funding.”


Notes to editors 

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