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EU gives British environment minister dressing-down over toxic air pollution

A Government minister has received an in-person dressing down from Brussels over the UK repeatedly breaking the law by failing to crack down on deadly air pollution.

The UK was one of nine polluting countries summoned to the EU capital on Tuesday to explain to commissioners why they had continued to let unsafe levels of pollution strangle their cities.

Recent studies have found that around 40,000 early deaths are caused by air pollution in Britain every year, with some streets reliably breaching their annual pollution limit every year in the first few days of January.

photo credit: David Holt London

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