Court orders Dutch State to make air clean
According to the verdict, the Dutch State must take more measures to ensure that all exceedances of the norm will disappear in the shortest possible period.
The court also prohibited the State from taking measures that will lead to ongoing or new exceedances of the limits.
European legislation, which is also enshrined in Dutch law, prescribes that the amount of pollutants in the air must be brought and remain under certain limits and the State is responsible for this.
These limits for particulates and nitrogen dioxide are still exceeded on several locations in the Netherlands, according to the judgment.
According to law, plans must be made in case of exceedances with measures to meet the limits as soon as possible.
The Dutch State already made a plan with measures to improve air quality, the National Air Quality Cooperation Program (NSL), implemented in 2009, but according the judge, this plan does not meet the requirements laid down in European and Dutch regulations. ■