CIEH reacts to Air Quality statistics

Publication Date: 27th April 2017

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the release of air quality statistics in the UK (1987 to 2016) by Defra, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

 “The statistics may show there have been fewer days of moderate or higher pollution in urban areas this year but this doesn’t tell the whole story. Rural areas saw an increase of moderate or higher pollution in 2016 and the fact remains that we are breaching EU health based limits. At the end of the day, fine particles are a mutagenic carcinogen for which there is no safe level.

 “This makes the Government’s attempts of trying to delay publishing their air quality plans even more galling. We are facing a public health emergency and we need a strong Government who will stand by their convictions to improve the air we breathe before it’s too late.”


Notes to editors 

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Link to Defra’s Air Quality stats: 

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CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 7,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

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