Defra comes clean on air quality

7th August 2014


Nitrogen dioxide levels in parts of London, Birmingham and Leeds will not meet EU limits until after 2030, Defra has conceded.

The environment department had previously maintained that the limits would be met by 2025 in London and by 2020 in 15 other air quality zones. Defra’s concession came as the Court of Justice of

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