Legal challenges to London’s air pollution

The European Commission will start legal proceedings against the government over breaches of air quality standards in London. A central London community group is also mounting a challenge.

The European Commission’s decision came to light in a letter sent by EU Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas to Liberal Democrat MP Edward Davey, who is concerned about air quality in his London constituency.

The letter notes that six areas of the UK failed to meet daily or annual limits on fine particulates (PM10) in 2007. Such failures are particularly notable in London, which has exceedances along some 200 kilometr

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