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Professor Frank Kelly (right) stated on Jim Al-Khalili’s Life Scientific podcast of 19th May 2020 that he had sent a report to government in 2013 pointing out that the levels of nitrogen dioxide in diesel vehicle exhausts in London were forty times greater that claimed by manufacturers.

When asked “what happened” be replied that “nothing happened“.

Two years later in 2015 the issue was taken up by the US Environmental Protection Agency when they issued a Notice of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen which initiated what became known as Dieselgate.

They alleged that Volkswagen installed software that circumvented EPA emission tests. Vehicles they said were emit up to 40 times more pollution than allowed.

Why one wonders did our government not act in 2013?

Who sat on the report?

Were minsters briefed on it?

I will try to find out.


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