Committee calls for R3 environment plan

A House of Commons committee has said that the government should not support the building of a third runway at Heathrow until a number of environmental conditions can be met.

The BBC reports that the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee report said that plans to deal with emissions, air quality and noise need to be put in place before any Government approval of a third runway to avoid the possibility of legal challenges to the decision as well as to protect public health.

The Government has promised a response to the Airports Commission report, which recommended expansion at Heathrow, by the end of the year.

If the government decides to accept the commission’s recommendation, the committee says it would seek assurances from the secretary of state for transport that environmental conditions will be met before it is given final approval.

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