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Europe at its ‘best’ takes legal action against UK at its ‘worst’ on air pollution

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European Commission (Commission) has sent the UK a ‘Letter of formal notice’ for breaching nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit values in 16 of 43 zones.  The UK is the first of the EU’s 28 Member States to receive enforcement action on … Continue reading

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Most-read stories of 2013

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A look back at the campaign letters and media releases that proved the most popular in 2013 January Quick guide to air pollution and the ‘Year of Air’ http://cleanairinlondon.org/news/quick-guide-to-air-pollution/ Outcome: Commissioner Potočnik’s Clean Air Policy Package published on 18 December … Continue reading

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Government lobbying for changes that would weaken emissions systems tests

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Government is lobbying, with others in the Council of Ministers, for changes that would weaken new roadworthiness tests for emissions systems across Europe  This is a Red Line issue.  European Commission and European Parliament must withdraw from negotiations with the … Continue reading

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Mayor takes five backward steps from his own London Plan

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Consultation on ‘Air Quality Neutral’ in Sustainable Design and Construction SPG By setting lax standards for developers the Mayor is forcing himself to introduce draconian transport measures to reduce carcinogenic air pollution and comply with limit values Dear Mayor Johnson I … Continue reading

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Government treats limit values with contempt by M4 bus lane

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‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) lodges formal three-part complaint with the European Commission ‘Part one’ of the Complaint is that the Secretary of State for Transport proceeded with the permanent removal of the M4 bus lane despite it causing aggravated, … Continue reading

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Government admits widespread breaches of air pollution laws

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34 of 43 UK zones breached the nitrogen dioxide (NO2) annual limit value in 2012 Cardiff has joined Leicester, North Wales, Nottingham and Portsmouth in breaching the terms of their time extensions.  Bournemouth and Coventry failed to meet the pre-condition for … Continue reading

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Defra did cover-up smog warnings and would scrap local monitoring

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Government covered-up three legally-required smog warnings in the fortnight after launching a consultation proposing the scrapping of local monitoring by others In two incidents, the Government: says another monitoring network is ‘separate’; and blames [sudden and] ‘worst case’ instrument malfunction/vandalism/power … Continue reading

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Thousands may be driving diesel vehicles illegally after Government failures

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Tens of thousands of motorists may be driving diesel vehicles illegally and risk losing their insurance or resale value – many without realising it – after Government fails to protect them  Government has confirmed it is illegal to use a … Continue reading

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Government ‘cover-ups’ or legal breaches during consultation to scrap monitoring

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Government’s four proposals to scrap or reduce Local Air Quality Management are unacceptable  Government ‘covered-up’ and/or breached its legal duty to issue two separate ‘Information alerts’ to warn the public of smog just days after proposing to scrap local air … Continue reading

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Carcinogenic diesel exhaust disclosed for every significant road in London

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Clean Air in London used powerful European access to environmental information laws to obtain 1.5 million pieces of data from the Mayor of London.  Thousands of pages published Top three worst roads in 2012 were A406 (North Circular), A282 (Dartford … Continue reading

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M4 bus lane removal in disarray after another flawed consultation

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TAG Unit 3.3.3c The Air Quality Sub-Objective Consultation makes mistakes of both fact and law, that are so basic that, in our view, the Consultation, in order to be meaningful, should be undertaken again ‘Clean Air in London’ (CAL) lodges formal … Continue reading

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Landmark legal victory for ClientEarth

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Supreme Court declares UK in breach of nitrogen dioxide legal limits and refers case to the Court of Justice of the European Union Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said: “Congratulations to ClientEarth on its landmark … Continue reading

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‘Tube dust’: broken promises, ‘blind eye turned’ and duty breached

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Promises broken about informing the public about ‘tube dust’  Mayor of London ‘turning a blind eye’ to repeated warnings from scientists and others of the dangers of airborne particles including in underground rail systems  Mayor of London breaching ‘General transport duty’ … Continue reading

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‘Free market’ anarchists lobbying EU Environment Ministers to weaken health protections

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‘Year of Air’ in 2013 Government is expected to lobby for weaker public health protections at an informal meeting of EU Environment Ministers in Dublin next Monday and Tuesday Instead, we must hammer harmful emissions against the anvil of air … Continue reading

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Investigation into Government’s failure to control carcinogenic diesel exhaust

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Government has sought to blame European engine emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) for its failure to comply with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit values as part of its lobbying, with the Mayor of London, to weaken NO2 laws Investigation … Continue reading