Legal firm looking for people harmed by pollution in the fight to protect children from dirty air

27 Sep 2021

Last week the high court ruled that the UK Environment Agency must do more to protect a five-year-old boy from dangerous fumes leaking from a nearby landfill site. It was among recent legal cases focusing on air pollution.

In 2020 the coroner’s court concluded that air pollution was a factor in the death of nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived alongside London’s South Circular road, and in 2021 French courts halted the deportation of a Bangladeshi man due to the risks posed by air pollution in his home country.

More cases are likely. The environmental law charity ClientEarth and the law firm Hausfeld are looking for people whose health has been harmed by illegal pollution to join a new action. ClientEarth has already won three court cases against the UK government, with ministers being ordered to produce new plans to tackle air pollution. Time is short.

Read the full story in the Guardian