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Eco-activists tackle NO2 level failures

ECOWARRIORS took the government to the Supreme Court yesterday over its failure to meet its obligations to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels, which causes breathing and heart problems.

The legal action was brought by environmental campaign group ClientEarth regarding the government’s obligations under the Air Quality Directive to reduce levels.

In May 2013, the Supreme Court granted the no-to-NO2 group a declaration that Britain was in breach of its obligations.

At that stage the judges said referred the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) as it raised ‘‘difficult issues’’ of European law.

Yesterday, the case returned to the Supreme Court to hear arguments in the light of the CJEU rulings.

ClientEarth said it would “call on the Supreme Court to order the government to produce a new plan which will deliver urgent cuts to the illegal levels of air pollution in towns and cities across the UK.”

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