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Heathrow expansion: ‘two major obstacles’

Reports this morning suggest that Theresa May’s cabinet will back plans for a third runway at Heathrow today.

Commenting on the news, ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: “A third runway at Heathrow would have to overcome two major obstacles.

“The UK Government is already failing to meet legal limits for harmful air pollution, so expansion looks very tough under those circumstances. Ministers should be doing everything they can to comply with air pollution laws to protect people’s health before even considering adding to the problem.

“It’s also very difficult to see how this could be done given the UK’s climate commitments. We’ll be examining the final plans with interest.”

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Gabriele Ibba