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Air quality controls in England and Wales are interrelated, and stem from European legislation and international conventions, as well as from a number of national initiatives.
For an overview of air pollution controls, see: Air pollution—overview, which also provides links to Practice Notes dealing with many aspects of air quality.
Air quality is a devolved matter, and although the UK government leads on international and European legislation implementation, the domestic air quality controls can vary across the regions. This note considers any variation only in relation to England and Wales.
11 pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements came to an end and significant changes began to take effect across the UK’s legal regime.
Air Quality (Amendment of Domestic Regulations) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/74 and Air Quality Standards (Wales) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/390 are made to address the functioning of subordinate legislation concerning air pollution, including and relevant to this content:
Air Quality Standards (Wales) Regulations 2010, SI 2010/1433
Air Quality Standards Regulations 2010, SI 2010/1001
The majority of amendments made are changes to aid interpretation (such as when interpreting the Ambient Air Quality Directive
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