|Environmental Audit Committee air quality report - ClientEarth comment|
14 November 2011
The Environmental Audit Committee has released a report accusing the government of putting thousands of lives at risk by trying to water down EU air quality rules instead of prioritising action to cut pollution on UK roads.
Alan Andrews, air quality lawyer at ClientEarth, says: “The report makes it clear that the government is failing in its legal and moral duty to protect the British public from the harmful health effects of air pollution.
“The government does not have a strategy for dealing with this problem. Many of its plans will not achieve compliance until 2020 – or in the case of London, 2025 – 10 or 15 years after the original deadline. It is simply putting off taking action while behind the scenes it lobbies the EU to weaken limits. We therefore welcome the EAC’s demand that the government come clean and tell us whether they intend to push for less stringent targets.
“Under the banner of its localism agenda it is dumping the problem on local authorities, who simply do not have the resources to tackle what is a national problem.”
Notes to editors:
• Click HERE to read about the health impacts of air pollution
• ClientEarth supports the Healthy Air Campaign