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UK panel: Heathrow plans must address air quality issues

Britain's government should not give the go-ahead for the expansion of Heathrow airport until its officials can show they will comply with air quality, noise and other environmental concerns, a parliamentary committee report said Tuesday.

The Environmental Audit Committee chair, Huw Irranca-Davies, said the purpose of the report was not to re-open the debate on whether there should be airport expansion or where it should be. But the Labour Party lawmaker said the airport must demonstrate that it can reconcile expansion with legal air pollution limits and other concerns.

"To defer dealing with the environmental impact of a third runway would be irresponsible and could...