The Guardian newspaper reported on December 16 that the environment secretary, Hilary Benn, said the Government must not breach air pollution limits set by the European Commission.
Air pollution around Heathrow Airport already exceeds the limits set by the EU,but Britain is expected to seek a temporary abrogation from the air pollution directive agreed in June,if it expands Heathrow Airport.
It has been reported that high levels of nitrogen dioxide are present in the Heathrow area, making it one of the worst pollution hotspots in Britain.
A few years ago, Hillingdon Council declared a large section of the borough, from the A40 down to its southern border,an air quality management area.
This pollution will increase if Heathrow is allowed to expand, so it will be interesting to find out how the authorities manage to disregard that and push ahead with their Heathrow expansion plans.
It is now accepted that pollution causes asthma and other health problems.
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