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Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has launched today an investigation into the impact of a 3rd runway at Heathrow on the Government’s commitment to tackle air pollution.
Submissions to this cross-party Committee are being sought by a deadline of 5pm on Thursday September 3 2015 on the following:
Whether the indicative policies and proposed mitigations set out in the Airports Commission’s recommended option are realistic and achievable.
What the implications of adopting or not adopting those policies and mitigations are for wider government policy.
Whether realistic and achievable alternatives to those policies and mitigations exist, should the government adopt the recommended option.
What steps the government should take in these areas to reach its decision in a way that is consistent with its commitments on sustainable development.
The chair of the committee, Huw Irranca-Davies MP said “Environmental concerns are a key part of the debate on airport expansion. Critics of airport expansion have raised concerns about whether it is possible to expand airport capacity in the South East while meeting the UK’s binding commitments on air pollution and climate change. We will be examining the Airports Commission’s assessment of these issues in order to inform the debate about the future of aviation in the South East.”
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Over 200 Heathrow villagers packed out a public meeting at Heathrow Primary School last night I convened to discuss the renewed threat of a 3rd runway. At the ,meeting I explained the Davies recommendations and decision making process from here on. I announced that I have convened an all day national gathering at the school on 19th September as part of the campaign to highlight what would be lost if the 3rd runway goes ahead and how we can prevent this happening. I am writing to David Cameron to invite him to this conference to explain how his "No ifs, no buts, no third Runway." promise fits in with the Davies commission. The residents at the meeting expressed their determination to continue the fight against the runway and to save their homes and villages.
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