Air Quality

The European Commission has granted London more time to comply with air quality standards, but the extension requires the UK to adapt its air quality plan for the capital by June.

The capital has faced repeated warnings from the EU over its poor air quality, and has submitted several requests asking for more time to deal with the issues before EU fines are imposed. The previous application was rejected in December 2009 after not enough information was provided to show whether the UK should meet standards for air quality by the extended deadline.

A resubmission has succeeded in securing a temporary and conditional extension until mid June 2011. By then the city will need to resubmit and adopt a new plan to the commission explaining how it will reduce airborne particles which have been blamed for many premature deaths. It will also have to introduce short term measures such as reducing traffic to ensure that air quality limits are not exceeded in the meantime.

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