ClientEarth taking Government to court is the right move, says CIEH

Publication Date: 31st May 2017

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the news that ClientEarth has decided to take the Government to court over their latest air quality plans, Tony Lewis, CIEH’s Head of Policy said:  

“ClientEarth’s decision to take the Government to court for what is now the third time might be drastic but clearly demonstrates the serious nature of the problem. At the time, we said the Government’s plans were not good enough and we are in total agreement with ClientEarth’s renewed approach to go through the legal system.

“We are standing on the cliff edge of a public health emergency and the Government has decided to pass the buck and place too much responsibility on the already over-stretched shoulders of local authorities. As we approach National Clean Air Day, we urge as many people as possible to respond to the Government’s consultation to tell them exactly what they think of their flawed air quality plans.”


Notes to editors 

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