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June 2019 Headlines       Issue 158

 Pizza oven refused at appeal

A pizza oven in Essex has been refused planning permission at appeal due to smoke nuisance.

Scooter switch best for environment

Cenex has carried out a novel real-world comparison that shows greater potential environmental benefits of switching to two-wheeled electric transport.

Death certificate

A mother has won her battle to reopen the inquest on her daughter who lived next to a busy road and died from an acute asthma attack. She hopes to have air pollution declared the cause on the death certificate.

May’s namecheck

Theresa May’s resignation speech made reference to air quality in an unexpected twist. She listed action on air quality as one of her achievements.

Watchdog needs stronger teeth

MPs believe that a proposed post-Brexit environment watchdog needs stronger teeth.

Lack of burning condition deemed OK

Canterbury City Council has fended off criticism from the local authority ombudsman that it failed to include a condition preventing waste burning.

Epuk lists air quality Environment Bill ‘asks’

Environmental Protection UK has set out 12 air quality ‘asks’ for the proposed Environment Bill currently being considered by Parliament.

More low emission bus zones

Three new low emission bus zones (LEBZs) are being set up in Lewisham, Stratford and Edmonton in London, covering more than 1,330 buses across 79 different bus routes.

Hydrogen double deckers to hit London

The “world’s first” hydrogen double decker buses will be introduced on three London bus routes next year.

New Street pollution remains high

Diesel pollution at the semi-enclosed Birmingham New Street station remain very high despite the recent £708m rebuilding programme.

PDR removal

Westminster City Council has made an Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights for changes of use from offices to dwelling houses in its core zone.

Low odour bitumen

Shell has launched a new bitumen product that can help reduce the impact of asphalt production and paving on local air quality.

Test cycle fears live on

Emission Analytics has found loopholes in new test cycle standards. The firm has been instrumental in uncovering real world emission discrepancies and says reliance on Euro 6 standards will not guarantee improved air quality (AQB December p1).

‘Confusion’ in South Lakes

South Lakeland has been found wanting for ‘confusion’.

Dramatic improvement

Emissions of all five key air pollutants in England have fallen over the latest 18 years, Defra claims in its latest progress report on its 25 year environment plan.

Sent to Coventry

Coventry has been issued with directions to implement a clean air zone.

74% compliance

A new report examines the initial impact of the ULEZ throughout April, the first month since its launch. Its key findings include:

Climate action helps air quality

The Committee on Climate Change has launched a high profile report demanding a move to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2050.

EU law-dodging costs €55bn a year

A European Commission report says failure to abide by EU directives is costing €55bn a year – half due to air quality failures.

12 cities five years on

A new European Environment Agency report analyses the implementation of EU air quality legislation at the urban level and identifies some of the reasons behind persistent air quality problems in 12 European cities.

Particles Plus

Air Monitors has launched a new range of monitors to improve the flexibility with which measurements can be undertaken.

IAQM turns its head to monitoring

IAQM decided to give its annual DMUG modelling conference a rest this year – and instead focus on monitoring. Jack Pease reports.

Air parked at Heathrow inquiry

Those hoping for scrutiny of air quality impacts of Heathrow will have to wait until the planning inquiry commences after the collapse of a judicial review

Research boost

A new “systems research programme” will look at some of the UK’s pressing environmental issues to inform and shape key future policy decisions.

End of a long Storey?

The ‘face’ of the Environment Agency is retiring. Jim Storey has been a fixture at air quality conferences for decades. Jack Pease debriefs him on his retirement

Air pollution monitors – the next generation

Campbell Associates’ range of environment monitors now includes two new monitoring systems – AQY Micro and the AQS 1 Mini. The new technology delivers live, accurate data for ozone and nitrogen dioxide levels straight from the box.