Europe takes legal action against UK for air pollution failure
The European Commission has today launched legal action against the UK government for failing to protect people’s health from harmful air pollution. The UK government must either take action to reduce levels of carcinogenic diesel fumes, or face a legal process that could result in significant fines.
The Commission was spurred into action by the UK Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in a case brought by ClientEarth. In May last year, the Supreme Court declared that the UK is in breach of the EU Air Quality Directive and “the way is open to immediate enforcement action at national or European level”.
While Owen Paterson might not feel ready for more bad news, this piles the pressure on him to stop ignoring this issue. The UK government must now take urgent action to address the air pollution crisis and protect our health.
See full press release from ClientEarth here.
Read a recap on ClientEarth’s case here.
See coverage from the BBC here.