A total of 28 German cities are facing legal action because of harmful levels of air pollution. Photo: © Shutterstock – LUNA4

11 more court cases over Germany’s dirty air

Following the victory in Germany’s highest court in February, environmental organisations Deutsche Umwelthilfe (DUH) and ClientEarth are now taking legal action against authorities in an additional eleven German cities over illegal air pollution. The number of German cities facing legal action by the organisations now stands at 28.

The two NGOs have targeted cities with levels of illegal pollution so high that they are unlikely to be brought below legal limits without restrictions on the most polluting diesel vehicles.

ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton said: “The Federal Administrative Court’s ruling was unambiguous – German authorities have the power and the duty to restrict diesel to comply with air pollution law. Prolonging the inevitable is a breach of authorities’ legal duty to protect the people of Germany against harmful air pollution.

The new cases are being launched against: Backnang, Esslingen, Heilbronn, Ludwigsburg, Marbach, Reutlingen, Offenbach, Bochum, Dortmund, Düren and Paderborn.

Cases already launched are in: Berlin, Bonn, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Gelsenkirchen, Halle, Hannover, Kiel, Köln, Limburg, Mainz, Munich, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden.

Source: ClientEarth News, 29 March 2018


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