French Govt. Fined $12Mln for Air Pollution
Paris – France’s top administrative court imposed, Wednesday, on the national government a fine worth10 million euros ($11.8 million) for not doing enough to improve air quality in parts of the country.
The Council of State, the executive’s final arbiter, ordered the cabinet in 2017 to reduce levels of nitrogen dioxide and inhalable PM10 particles in eight zones. It ruled in 2020 that five zones were still suffering from bad air quality and gave the cabinet six months to come up with remedial measures.
“If these measures were implemented, the Council of State believes that they would not improve the situation as soon as possible … That is why it fines the state 10 million euros for the first half of 2021,” a press statement read.