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Diesel driving bans : measure the German authorities, the exhaust pollution in just wrong?

Brussels is probably assistance for the communities in which bans threaten due to bad air. According to the daily mirror, the Parliament has commissioned a study, the check is whether the authorities in the member States in each of the same criteria in the selection of the measurement for the air quality create. The selection of the stationary measurement stations, in ten local authorities in several member countries of the EU should be taken by the experts critically.

The investigation was enforced by the CDU - MEP Norbert Lins from Württemberg-Hohenzollern in the environment Committee of the Parliament. "I'm more confident," says Lins, "that with us in Germany, partially in the wrong Places is measured. Not there, where it makes sense, but where the highest possible values to get out“. In Baden-Württemberg there are doubts as to the selection of the measuring stations in Stuttgart Neckartor and in Reutlingen on leather trench. It is assumed that both the measuring stations in Stuttgart as well as in Reutlingen, Germany, are included in the study.

The investigation is the selection of the measurement to a in countries compare against the EU Commission's infringement procedure because of chronic Exceeding of the limit values for air pollutants has been initiated, such as France and Germany. On the other hand, the situation in countries that are not affected by infringement proceedings, such as Austria and Poland. In Germany, the EU had criticized Commission to be Exceeded in 26 air quality areas. Particularly cities such as Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart and Düsseldorf are affected.

Representative for an area of 200 square meters

The study aims to analyze how the authorities have applied in the member States, the requirements of the EU Commission for the selection of the measuring points. It is about questions such as: Who made the decision, at what point is it measured? Authorities have designed in some countries, the requirements from Brussels in a particularly strict or even stricter than the EU has demanded?

The study goes a step further: If there are significant differences, too, such as authorities from member state to member state, the Brussels guidelines, is to be determined, what are the consequences of these deviations on the measurement results.

Lins doubts that the country authorities in the South West, carry out the selection of measurement, the use of the EU pre-specified criterion of the representativeness right. Officially, The measuring point should be selected, "that is for the air quality in a surrounding area of at least 200 square meters to be representative". This is given, neither in Stuttgart nor in Reutlingen, complained Lins. He calls that the measurements tend to be made to the line that defines the building, and not to the transport nodes, such as in Stuttgart, and Reutlingen. Lins assumes that there are differences of up to 2.9 metres.

How may not otherwise measure as Stuttgart

the result of the Verification of the measurement by the study should be available before the European elections in may. The EU Commission had already, in may, realize that she herself has doubts as to the criteria for the selection of the measurement points. EU environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella had written as an answer to a question of the Deputy Lins: The Commission recognized "that this criteria can be improved in some cases with a view to clearer measurements". Therefore, the Commission had given a suitability test of the air quality directives in order.

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it is a matter of figuring out "whether the air quality guidelines, including the criteria for the locations of the sampling points serve their purpose". In the event that the study results in a different application of the Brussels guidelines, see Lins action is required. "It can't be that in Vienna completely differently measured than in Stuttgart." It is then arbitrary, when, in consequence, in some cities, the citizens are not at the centre are likely to travel. The difference from doing a higher levels of air pollutants, "but the fact that the measuring stations are closer to the streets".

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