Treasury blocked expanded air quality efforts

Cost was the over-riding reason behind DEFRA’s limited efforts to secure air quality improvements, the High Court has heard in a case brought by ClientEarth

Traffic in front of the Royal Courts of Justice, where the case was heard. Photograph: Dirk Ingo Franke CC BY-SA 3.0Cost was the prime consideration behind DEFRA’s decision to require only English five cities to deploy clean air zones (CAZs) in a bid to improve pollution, according to documents revealed at the High Court.

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