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December 2016 Headlines

NO2 plan drafts by April

Following Clientearth’s High Court win over the Government on inadequate NO2 plans to meet the EU objectives, judges have gone further and given Defra less than eight months to prepare new plans.

NICE on air

Just as AQB went to press, long awaited NICE draft guidelines have been released.

Traffic up

Van traffic continued to shoot up in the first three quarters of 2016, new figures reveal. Overall traffic volumes were at a record high.

NECD agreed

Members of the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg have finally approved new E

Derby demands assurances before action

Derby – one of the five cities outside London expected to introduce a clean air zone – has gone public with disapproval at being mandated to act on air quality which it says is not a local issue.

‘Golden thread’ mantra at risk?

The High Court has challenged the assumed presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Alarm at Brexit repeal bill implications

Air quality experts gathered last month for Epuk’s annual conference in Birmingham.

Wealth and health link

Public Health Wales’ environmental public health team has published its fourth annual review. Air quality will be one of three priorities for 2016/17.

VW US pullout

VW is to cease selling diesel cars in the US. It is a year since the firm was caught cheating with defeat devices in the US leading to large fines.

IAQM mulls zones and action

The Institute of Air Quality Management met last month to discuss a new study showing the effectiveness of existing measures in London, the draft CAZ Framework and the Mayor of London’s ULEZ proposals.

European air pollution remains poor

The annual report on European air quality shows continued poor air quality – with the UK reporting the second highest number of NO2 -related deaths in Europe.

Nickel exceedence

Only nickel failed to meet EU limit values in 2015 – and that was at Portardawe in Wales, reveals a heavy metal network summary report.

Barrier rejected

Highways England appears to have rejected a call to use roadside barriers to reduce air pollution near the M1 in Sheffield.

NI high

Two monitoring sites in Northern Ireland close to busy roads in urban areas did not meet the limit values and objectives for nitrogen dioxide in 2015.

BaP: no change

The number of BaP exceedences across the network remain roughly the same in 2015 as 2014, monitoring reveals. 10 stations in the UK exceed the 0.25ng/m3 objective.

Scrubber saves basement hotel

Camden Council has refused permission for a basement hotel in Bloomsbury on air quality grounds – but the decision has been overturned on appeal.

Scotland 2018 LEZ pledge draws near

The Scottish Transport Emissions Partnership (STEP) has held its annual conference in Edinburgh.

Hope for diesels, says Emission Analytics

Emission Analytics – the firm that has broken many stories about the poor real world performance of diesels – says it would be a mistake to assume diesels are dead.

Iapsc/Mcerts tie-up

Seminar organisation Iapsc and the AQE (formerly Mcerts) exhibition are to combine next year.

Sepa compliance

Scottish environmental licence holders have been assessed under the 2015 Compliance Assessment Scheme (CAS).

4-yr odour win?

Wychavon District Council has won the latest round in a near-five year battle with an unauthorised farm development that was causing excess odour. Unconsented lagoons were responsible for the smells.

Generators in the spotlight

Emergency short term generators (STORs) are causing headaches as they may only be used for a few hours a year, but are often located in urban areas. A consultation is out.

Environment post-Brexit discussed

OMG not more on Brexit? Yes indeed – the huge vacuum delivered by the out vote in Summer leaves the environment in a limbo. The House of Lords does its best to try and see into the future.

Planning law unpicked

How will Brexit affect planning? Lawyers outline how a future outside Europe may look

Clientearth judgment: full analysis

The Clientearth victory last month against the Government explains why Defra has been so weak in recent years – and how it justified its thinking. Jack Pease reviews the judgment.