EUROPEAN COURT SAYS POLLUTION SUFFERERS CAN DEMAND ACTION FROM GOVERNMENTS

BY KEITH NUTHALL

THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice (ECJ) has cleared the way for fleet managers to take legal action against governments and local authorities manifestly failing to restrict the amount of particulate matter pollution in the air to legal minimums.
It has said that where European Union (EU) public authorities allow such pollution to break national minimum standards, complainants (companies, associations or private citizens) may ask national courts to order these regulators to act.
The precedent comes in a German case where a ...


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