DEFRA’s air plans would be ‘devastating’

Radical reforms of English local air quality management must go back to the drawing board, consultation respondents have told DEFRA.

ENDS found almost unanimous condemnation of DEFRA’s plans to reform or repeal council air quality duties in most responses to the department’s consultation published in July (ENDS Report 463, p35).

None of DEFRA’s four options for reform of the local air quality management (LAQM) regime are deemed suitable by the majority of respondents and DEFRA’s preferred option to repeal LAQM could have “devastating implications” for air quality and public health, according to the charity Environmental Protection UK (EPUK).

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