France loses diesel pollution fight in EU court

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The EU’s top court ruled on Thursday (24 October) that France has persistently exceeded the threshold limit for nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a polluting gas from diesel motors that causes major health problems.

France “systematically and persistently exceeded the annual limit value for nitrogen dioxide since Jan. 1, 2010,” the court said in a statement.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, referred the matter to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in May 2018 after almost a decade of warnings that went unaddressed.

France is the first of several member states, including Germany and Britain, that the commission has sued in court after it stepped up its anti-pollution fight in the wake of the so-called “Dieselgate” scandal that erupted in 2015.

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