Supreme Court to rule on UK air pollution

The European Union’s Supreme Court is to scrutinise the UK government’s compliance with laws limiting air pollution, after campaign group ClientEarth took legal action against Britain over excess nitrogen dioxide emission.

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The results of this scrutiny will be interesting. We would all hope that Britain would be meeting safe nitrogen dioxide emission targets but there is clearly some evidence to say that it is not doing especially in some of our major cities.

Diesel Pollution – Ruling on illegal levels of pollution due


Supreme Court judges in London will be asked on Thursday to rule that the Government must now comply with ECJ demands that Britain reduce its illegal levels of air pollution. The case, brought by environmentalist law firm ClientEarth calls on Defra to dramatically cut pollution from diesel vehicles – the most common source of nitrogen dioxide pollution. Experts say the ruling could force the Government to ban diesel cars and commercial vehicles from many city centres to cut pollution. ClientEarth sought a judicial review in 2011 focusing on 16 UK towns and regions including London, Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and Glasgow, which will all suffer illegal air-pollution levels.

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