29 Apr '15, 9am

Supreme Court orders UK to clean up air pollution in landmark ruling

Ministers must draw up strict plans to crack down on the UK's high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution, following a landmark ruling in the Supreme Court today. In a unanimous verdict , five judges ordered the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to consult on new air pollution plans that must be submitted to the European Commission no later than 31 December 2015. FURTHER READING WHO reveals massive economic impact of air pollution in Europe EU moves to clean up biofuels, shipping and plastic bags Lord Carnwath said the court was "in no doubt about the seriousness" of the UK's breach of EU law in failing to meet legal pollution limits, which leaves it open to the risk of European Commission fines totalling £300m. The EU Air Quality Directive demanded the UK brought pollution down to legal limits by 2010 or apply for an extension showing how it c...

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