DEFRA considers repeal of council air quality regime

Radical proposals for reform of council air quality duties could widen the gap between the English and Scottish regimes. The plans have been criticised and the government has been accused of not having an up-to-date strategy

English councils’ duties to report on and tackle local air quality problems could see major reform or even total repeal under DEFRA proposals put out for consultation between 12 July and 30 August.1

The local air quality management (LAQM) regime has long been recognised as overly bureaucratic and underperforming (ENDS Report 423, p46). But DEFRA’s radical proposals to scrap it entirely go far beyond changes suggested in June by the Scottish government (endsreport.com/39629).

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