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We need safeguards against diesel pollution

15 June, 2017

Cartoon: John Sadler

• BEAR in mind 25,000 people die prematurely and unnecessarily each and every year and hundreds of thousands more made ill and disabled directly and solely caused by diesel pollution in the UK. An additional 25,000 are killed by other forms of pollution each year in the UK.

The majority of these deaths and disablements are in the cities, particularly the major cities. Concerning the redevelopment proposals for the Camden Goods Yard site, what proven safeguards, if any, are proposed to protect the health and wellbeing of the people directly in the area and, indirectly, from pollution caused by the extra construction traffic and cranes on site?

Bearing in mind class actions that are currently happening in Europe to sue and prosecute both those responsible for causing and those responsible for preventing pollution relating to unnecessary collateral illness and death, can we be told how this health danger will be verifiably mitigated and which strategies will be used?

Because the causes of death and illness from diesel pollution are known and identified, the act of omission and or commission of not properly mitigating these deaths could be seen to be akin to facilitating manslaughter.

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