Government tactics to delay Air Quality plans frustrate CIEH

Publication Date: 24th April 2017

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the news that Government is seeking to delay publishing plans to tackle air pollution through the High Court until after the General Election on 8 June, Tony Lewis, Head of Policy at CIEH, said: 

“Quite frankly, it’s an absolute nonsense what the Government is doing. They’ve had months to get their air quality plans ready and using purdah as an excuse is pure political expediency.

“Air quality is a major public health issue and the Government’s actions show that they are putting politics before our health. We hope that the Courts throw out the Government’s application and whoever is in power after 8 June, puts a stop to all these delaying tactics and gets on with the job in hand, for the benefit of everyone.”


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