Coroner’s report calls to lower air pollution limits following 2013 death of Ella Kissi-Debrah


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A coroner has recommended a legally binding maximum of levels of particulate air pollution should be lowered in the UK to reflect World Health Organization limits. It was ruled earlier this year that the cause of death for nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah was air pollution from traffic, which was the first time that toxic air had been given as a cause of death in the UK.

The coroner said in his ruling that  Ella had been exposed to nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter pollution in excess of WHO guidelines, which were mainly from traffic emissions. The prevention of future deaths report outlines that the national limits for particulate matter are set at a level far higher than the WHO guidelines.

The family of Ella Kissi-Debrah have called for the government to act and adopt the recommendations of the report.

Richard Hermer QC was instructed by Jocelyn Cockburn of Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors to represent Ella Kissi-Debrah’s family.

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