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Lib Dems Call for New Clean Air Act on 60th Anniversary

July 19, 2016 11:51 AM

clean airThe Liberal Democrats have called on the UK government to introduce a new Act to tackle poor air quality and ensure vital pollution limits are not watered down post-Brexit.

July marks the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, which was introduced in the 1950s to tackle deadly smog affecting UK cities. Clean air is air that has no harmful levels of pollutants (dirt and chemicals) in it.

In a letter to Secretary of State for the Environment Elizabeth Truss - signed by the Liberal Democrat Environment Spokesperson Kate Parminter, Transport Spokesperson Jenny Randerson and MEP Catherine Bearder - the government is urged to ensure it follows through on EU agreements to tackle air pollution and enshrine essential limits into British law.

The letter concludes that the government must not "betray the legacy of the Clean Air Act by allowing the UK to become the dirty man of Europe once again."