German minister wants EU to review limit on toxic diesel particles

Germany’s transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, has urged the European Commission in a letter to review its stringent limits on nitrogen dioxide pollution, saying some doctors are questioning their health merits, the Bild newspaper reported.

In his letter, Scheuer urged the bloc’s Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc to review the current limit on NOx pollution, which should not exceed 40 micrograms per cubic meter of air on average.

The transport ministry could not be reached for comment.

Scheuer’s letter reflects concerns among some politicians that stricter emissions rules set in place as a reaction to the fallout from the Volkswagen Group emissions-cheating scandal could harm Germany’s car industry.