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MPs criticise government over continued inaction on air pollution

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g7547 (Published 08 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7547
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

A committee of MPs has called for new schools, hospitals, and care homes to be built away from major road intersections and from other air pollution hotspots to reduce deaths from nitrogen dioxide poisoning and particulate pollution.

In a report that is highly critical of the government’s inaction on air pollution,1 the Environmental Audit Committee also said that schools next to busy roads should be fitted with air filtration systems.

The report is the committee’s third on air pollution in five years and was prompted by the government ignoring recommendations from previous reports in 2010 and 2011, said MPs. The report argued, “It is unacceptable that a whole generation of people living in our towns and cities could have their health seriously impaired by air pollution above EU [European Union] limits before …

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