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Clean Air Acts of 1956

Overview


The Clean Air Acts of 1956 an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom passed in response to The Great Smog of London Disaster in which a large amount of air pollutants from the burning of coal were trapped near the ground. This pollution caused 12,000 deaths from respiratory impairments and spurned a modern clean air movement.

The act aimed to control domestic air pollution (ie. the burning of coal) by introducing "smokelesszones" where smokeless fuels only could be burnt. Power stations were also moved to more rural areas and sulpher dioxide levels were reduced by introducing cleaner fuel sources. Air pollution in the major cities was drastically reduced.


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