Environment Agency must do more to protect boy, 5, from landfill fumes, rules court

Environment Agency must do more to protect boy, 5, from landfill fumes, rules court

Doctors say Mathew Richards’ life expectancy has been shortened due to exposure to hydrogen sulphide fumes

The high court has ruled the Environment Agency must do more to protect a five-year-old boy from landfill fumes which doctors say are shortening his life expectancy.

In a judicial review, brought on behalf of Mathew Richards, lawyers argued his respiratory health problems were being worsened by fumes from a landfill site near his home in Silverdale, near Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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