TÜV certificate for measuring stations is full of gaps


SSo is everything really all right now with the nitrogen oxide measuring stations? So it can happen, if you read the news of the past week, when Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presented the results of a report: Most air monitoring stations would be correct.

Patrick Bernau

Patrick Bernau

Responsible editor for economics and "Money & More" of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

There had been reasonable doubt. For decades nobody had paid special attention to air quality measurement stations. But since the German environmental aid nationwide, in every city complains about driving bans in which the limit of 40 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) per cubic meter of air is exceeded, the stations, their measurements and their locations have become a political issue. Does Germany have to measure air pollutants as close to the exhaust as possible? And are not the measuring stations too close to the road?

Last November, F.A.S. a series of measuring stations that did not fulfill an important requirement of the European Union: the minimum distance to the next intersection. The directive states: As far as possible, the measuring stations must be set up at least 25 meters from the nearest intersection, so that the measured values ​​are not artificially driven up by the approach traffic before the intersection, but apply to a longer route on the road. Even a superficial research, however, showed some measuring stations, which did not even keep this distance – also reported the F.A.S., that several transport and environment ministries, especially under green leadership, locked against a review of the measuring stations.

A review, however, was a few weeks later but then commissioned by TÜV Rheinland, last week, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze presented the results – and with a good deal of self-confidence: 66 out of 70 examined measuring points showed no abnormalities, she said, calling other views "an unnecessary Insecurity of the people ". Who reads the opinion of the TÜV, must not necessarily share this impression.

(tTTranslate) Svenja Schulze (t) TÜV (t) European Union (t) German Environmental Aid e.V. (t) EU (t) TÜV Rheinland (t) Nitrogen dioxide


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