Factsheet: Clean air act

Clean air act

Key Information


Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Clean Air Act
Clean Air Act: The Clean Air Acts of 1956 and 1968 were a response to the smogs of the 1950s and 60s and allowed local authorities to define smoke control areas. They were consolidated into the Clean Air Act of 1993. Within smoke control areas authorised fuels, which include gas, electricity anthracite and specified manufactured smokeless fuels, may be used. Any other fuels, including wood and pellets, may only be burned in an exempt appliance that has been specifically tested and approved under the Clean Air Act.
regulate smoke control areas
Responsible Authority: 
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs


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