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Candidate calls for action to cut air pollution

LABOUR'S candidate for Bristol West has called for urgent action to help reduce air pollution, after it was claimed that city levels had regularly broken the legal limit.

 

As the Labour Party launched a new air pollution campaign, Thangam Debbonaire called on mayor George Ferguson to tackle air pollution "not just with words, but with action."

Ms Debbonaire said: "Last May, I welcomed the announcement of Bristol's status as European green capital in 2015 as a fantastic accolade that we can all look forward to.

"However, I called on Mayor Ferguson to use it as an opportunity to live up to all associated with it and invest in measures that can help tackle the increasing air pollution that is blighting our city."

She added: "I check the figures for Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in the city air each week and the measurements at the two stations in the city centre and M32 are worryingly breaking the legal limits regularly."

The campaign comes after new research for Bristol City Council conducted by Air Quality Consultants found that 188 deaths of Bristol residents in 2010 were a result of exposure to air pollution.

Twenty-four of those deaths were attributed to pollution from the city's road transport emissions.

Published in the Bristol Post on 16 September 2014 Read at the source

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