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Regular news: Issue 573 17 Jun 2011

Air quality compliance will be a problem even with Low Emission Zones, says Defra

Many urban areas are likely to fail to meet EU limit values for nitrogen dioxide by the extended deadline of 2015, according to the Government. Could Low Emission Zones offer a solution?

Andrew Forster

A national framework for Low Emission Zones (LEZs) could be drawn up by the UK  Government as part of its efforts to achieve compliance with European limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) raised the idea last week as it admitted that many urban areas in the UK  would fail to meet the limit values even by the extended time deadline of 2015.

The EU limit values were supposed to be achieved by 2010 but...

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