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UK Slammed By UN Over Air Pollution

11 September 2017

According to a recent report from the UN, the UK is failing to address the issue of air pollution.

"Air pollution continues to plague the United Kingdom," read the report by United Nations expert Baskut Tuncak.

With more than 40,000 premature deaths tied to air pollution annually, the report is critical of that government’s perceived inaction against pollution, violating its obligation to protect children.

"The Special Rapporteur is alarmed that despite repeated judicial instruction...the United Kingdom Government continues to flout its duty to ensure adequate air quality and protect the rights to life and health of its citizens," it said.

With previous air pollution proposals criticized as inadequate, the British government is being urged to
submit a "robust clean air plan without delay."

This report comes as concerns for Brexit and its impact on environmental standards continue to emerge.

"The United Kingdom market could risk becoming a haven for 'dirty' industries and a dumping ground for products failing to meet European Union regulations," without matching EU legislation, the report said.

The UN is recommending that the British government continue to mirror the European Union standards despite its exit.

To contact the author of this article, email marie.donlon@ieeeglobalspec.com


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