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Air Pollution: EU Law

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign Affairs), Liberal Democrat Chief Whip, Liberal Democrat Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when she plans for the UK to be compliant with the 2008 Ambient Air Quality Directive.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The UK is meeting limit values for all pollutants covered by the Ambient Air Quality Directive other than those for nitrogen dioxide (NO2). We will continue to do more, especially to reduce levels of NO2.

The Government will set out further measures this year, including consulting on a revised air quality plan on NO2 by 24 April 2017 and publishing a final plan by 31 July 2017. The plan will set out the measures that will ensure the UK is compliant in the shortest time possible.

In parallel, we are working to implement Clean Air Zones as quickly as possible. We are working closely with local authorities on the detailed design of the zones.

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