In 2003, the average hourly mean for NO2 at the Heathrow LHR2 testing site near London’s Heathrow airport was 59 ug/m3. That is almost 50% higher than the current targets. The highest recorded mean at this site (over a 15 minute period) was 224 ug/m3, which is 570% above EU targets.
Given those pollution levels, what steps is the Commission taking to advise the UK Government that, in order to prevent a failure to achieve the legally-binding targets in the new directive on ambient air quality, a third runway should not be built at Heathrow?
Furthermore, is the Commission willing to meet with leaders of the 2M group of London councils, which represents 19 councils and over 4 million London residents, in order to discuss the effect a third runway would have on attempts to achieve air quality targets?