The SPD-health expert Karl Lauterbach holds a possible suspension of the EU-wide fine-dust limit value is to be irresponsible. “We have no studies that would present the hazard in question. On the contrary, recent studies show that the limit values are rather too high than too low,” said Lauterbach MDR-to-date and adds: “I ask the protection of the elderly and of children.”

He think it is ruled out that German lung doctors could affect the European limit value – “in particular, if it is a Position the international of scientists is not shared”.

More than 100 lung specialists had published an opinion in which you doubt the health Benefits of the current limit values for fine dust and nitrogen oxides. You see there is currently no scientific rationale that would justify the applicable limits stated therein. A lot of studies to show the dangers of air pollution, have significant weaknesses. In addition, data had been in the past, one-sided interpretation.

CSU hopes of a relaxation of diesel rules

Minister of transport, Andreas Scheuer (CSU), described the move by the physicians as an important Initiative to bring “objectivity and facts” in the diesel debate. Environment Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD), on the other hand defended the existing limits. That air pollutants can shorten the life of and diseases carry, is scientifically uncontroversial, said a Ministry spokesman.

apply The limit values for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the EU since 2010. The annual mean of 40 micrograms per cubic meter shall not exceed in the outside air. Even for fine dust there are, depending on the particle size limits. In places where limit values are exceeded over a longer period of time, threaten driving bans for diesel vehicles.

The former President of the German society for pneumology and respiratory medicine, Professor Dieter Koehler, to comply with the limits, such as the signatories to the opinion, which is far too low, and calls for a rethink. “There is no scientific basis for the current emission limits for nitrogen oxide and fine dust,” said Koehler of the Passauer Neue Presse. “There is a high degree of hysteria.”


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