DAccording to a TÜV Rheinland report, the nitrogen dioxide measuring points set up in Germany are almost all set up correctly and comply with EU requirements for measuring air quality. Federal Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) presented on Wednesday the result of the review, according to which 69 out of 70 measuring points reflect the air pollution in accordance with the applicable EU rules. "Anyone who still thinks that high levels of nitrogen dioxide are only at wrongly positioned measuring points is now proving to be misguided by the public," said Schulze.
The Ministry of the Environment had announced an independent assessment by TÜV Rheinland following a debate on the NO2 measuring points between the Environment and Transport Ministers' Conferences in November. Schulze spoke now referring to the results of a "pure distraction maneuver" and criticized that the debate had distracted far too long from the cause of bad air – namely the lack of exhaust gas cleaning many diesel vehicles.
TÜV Rheinland tested 70 measuring points, including all those that last exceeded the permissible annual limit value of NO2. However, it did not include positions in North Rhine-Westphalia, because they were considered separately. In 66 cases, the sites showed no abnormalities, because all criteria were met, as the TÜV Rheinland explained in his report.
At four stations, the minimum distance to the next intersection was not met, which is allowed by EU law for security reasons, which is why more extensive checks were made. In three cases, the representativeness of the measurements could still be guaranteed, in one more investigations are necessary, as the TÜV Rheinland explained.
The FDP member Judith Skudelny said the result of the opinion "not surprised". It was as instructed only examined whether the measuring stations were set up in accordance with the law and legal. The "too much leeway" but was the real problem and not been investigated. Schulze had failed to focus the review on "uniform measurement standards and thus a comparability of the measurements in Germany and Europe," criticized Skudelny.