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Now the country may face a fine of millions of euros after its dereliction was referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the Guardian reports.

If the UK doesn’t rapidly improve its air quality plans, the ECJ is expected to issue a fine by the end of the year. Five other countries face similar charges — France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, and Romania.

“We have waited a long time and we cannot possibly wait any longer,” Karmenu Vella, European commissioner for environment, told the Guardian.

“We have said that this commission is one that protects,” she added. “Our decision follows through on that claim. It is my conviction that today’s decision will lead to improvements for citizens on a much quicker timescale.”

The six countries had been given until Feb. 9 to clean up their air, and all six failed to develop “credible, effective, and timely measures to reduce pollution as soon as possible, as required under EU law,” a statement from the commission said, according to the Guardian.

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