DEFRA to ‘correct’ air quality laws post-Brexit

The government has published draft legislation intended to adapt a wealth of EU air quality laws to ensure they still function after the UK leaves the bloc

Busy dual carriageway
Local exceedances of air quality limits are almost all due to pollution from vehicles

The government has published draft legislation intended to adapt a wealth of EU air quality laws to ensure they still function after the UK leaves the bloc.

The planned changes fix “certain deficiencies” in the Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010, the Volatile Organic Compounds in Paints, Varnishes and Vehicle Refinishing Products Regulations 2012 and the National Emission Ceilings Regulations 2018, said DEFRA. The amending regulations emerged last week, removing references to EU laws and the functions of the European Commission from EU exit day. These will be taken over by the government.

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