|EU Acts To Protect Londoners From Pollution|
Toxic emissions blamed for thousands of premature deaths
The European Commission has launched legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to cut toxic levels of nitrogen dioxide, linked to premature deaths in London.
At a public meeting in Ealing on 20th January, spokesperson for West London Friends, Nic Ferriday, claimed that Ealing council had no interest in the issue of air pollution. The deputy leader was unable to comment or refute the claim. Now, just one day later, the EU has started proceedings against London for systematically breaching pollution standards set to protect human health and for systematically failing to address the problem.
Nic Ferriday commented “Air pollution is a huge issue in London. It is estimated that over 4,000 people die every year from air pollution, far more than from road traffic accidents, crime or drugs. Yet the councils and Mayor Boris Johnson have done hardly anything to address the problem. It is a shocking indictment of our politicians that the EU has felt the need to step in to protect the lives of its citizens. London could face of millions of pounds in fines and if it does, we will hold the negligent politicians responsible.”
February 21, 2014