‘Su­per-in­quiry’ into pol­lu­tion tar­gets diesels

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PRES­SURE on the gov­ern­ment to crack down on pol­lut­ing diesel ve­hi­cles was mount­ing yes­ter­day as the House of Com­mons launched a ‘su­per­in­quiry’ into pol­lu­tion.

An un­prece­dented four se­lect com­mit­tee pan­els will com­bine to ex­am­ine the lat­est sci­en­tific ev­i­dence on how Bri­tain’s ‘filthy air’ is wors­en­ing health and spoil­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

The gov­ern­ment has been told by the High Court that its plans to re­duce air pol­lu­tion do not go far enough – af­ter eight ur­ban ar­eas ex­ceeded nitro­gen diox­ide lim­its.

Of­fi­cial es­ti­mates say air pol­lu­tion is a pub­lic health emer­gency, caus­ing 40,000 early deaths and cost­ing the econ­omy £27.5bil­lion a year.

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