Pressure on London to act on PM pollution
Under a decision to grant a "temporary, conditional time extension" for meeting limits for the concentration of dangerous airborne particles (PM10), the UK government and the Mayor of London have been told by the European Commission to urgently implement a plan for dealing with air pollution "hotspots" in London.
James Grugeon of Environmental Protection UK said, "Air pollution in our cities is one of the biggest public health crises we face in the UK. It contributes to more premature deaths than passive smoking and traffic accidents combined. The government and the Mayor of London need to be implementing solutions, not delaying action, to improve air quality."