TÜV to check the nitrogen oxide measuring stations

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In the case of the measurement of the nitrogen oxide pollution in cities regulations allow a little leeway – the critics called the Plan. The Ministry of the environment wants to end the debate now.


In the dispute to air pollution and Diesel-driving bans in cities, the Federal Ministry for the environment, the locations of the nitrogen oxide measuring points to check. An independent, nationwide review of the relevant measurement was planned by the German TÜV, for the Ministry to accept the costs, said environment state Secretary, Florian Pronold (SPD) in the Bundestag.

Since a few months there is “Propaganda”, according to which the reporting of Germany to the EU, the relevant measuring points were established for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) is false, said Pronold. This is a “phantom debate” that fuel mistrust. The Ministry of the environment intends to act contrary to the “clear facts”. He will assume that no state was willing to accept something. Responsible for the NO2 measurement, the environmental authorities of the countries. The Review is expected to take Pronold, according to several months.

Countries requested Review

A Review of the measuring points, had demanded among other things, twice the country’s transport Minister. In North Rhine-Westphalia has already been tested. Wrong, only one measurement stood there in Aachen, which is not part of the EU-measuring network. The Ministry of environment came up with the advance of a debate on the topic in the Bundestag before. FDP and AfD had submitted applications, which provide, among other things, the EU limit value in question and a unification and comparability of the measurements call for.

Where measuring points, determines the EU Directive 2008/50/EC both places with the “highest concentrations” as well as in places where the load is lower. It is true that there is some room for the Position, for example: “a minimum of 25 metres from the edge of major junctions and no more than 10 meters from the kerbside and at a height of between 1.5 metres (the breathing zone) and 4 metres above the ground”. This should be taken into account “insofar as possible”.

Stress at intersections is lower than the edge of the road

The AfD-politician Marc Bernhard said in the Bundestag, monitoring stations would be positioned as desired, the Manipulation had opened the door: “measurement stations will be established in Germany so that it comes to be prohibited necessarily driving.”

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The Ministry of transport of the state of Baden-Württemberg said, however, the gap regulations apply mainly “to ensure that small loads can be measured”. Measurements from Hesse showed that the air at the street edge is charged on average higher than directly at an intersection.

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