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Expert persons for the inspection of long-term storage facilities: determination

If there is concern that, after the closure of the long-term storage facility, the plant or site may cause harmful environmental effects or other hazards, considerable disadvantages and considerable nuisances for the general public and the neighbourhood within the meaning of § 5 para. 3 no. 1 Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG), the operator must have it checked at the request of the competent authority, whether the requirements according to § 5 Abs. 3 Nr. 1 BImSchG are fulfilled. These checks shall be carried out by competent persons designated by the competent authority.

An expert person shall be approved by the competent authority.

In the case of foreign applicants, exceptions may be made to the documents listed below, depending on the decision of the competent authority, provided that the expertise and reliability are proven in another way.

The appointment of an expert person takes place upon request after a review, which is governed by § 24 of the Landfill Ordinance (DepV). The required expertise, independence, reliability and technical equipment will be checked before the announcement.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the State Trade Supervisory Office Hildesheim.

This procedure can also be carried out through a "Point of Single Contact". The "Point of Single Contact" is a special service offered by municipalities and the state for service providers.

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The requirements for an expert person according to § 24 Deponieverordnung (DepV) largely coincide with those that an expert person recognized under § 18 of the Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG) who is qualified for investigations under soil protection law has to fulfill. Therefore, recognition according to the Lower Saxony Ordinance on Experts and Investigation Sites for Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites (NBodSUVO) is required with regard to subject areas 2, 3 or 4 or a corresponding recognition from another federal state.

Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG)

Lower Saxony Ordinance on Experts and Investigation Bodies for Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites (NBodSUVO)

Which documents are required?

No documents are required.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

There are no deadlines to be observed.

Processing duration

Processing Time: 3 Months

§ 24 paragraph 2 Landfill Ordinance (DepV)

What else should I know?

The announcement made in a federal state applies nationwide.

The approval requirement does not apply when presenting an equivalent permit from another EU or EEA state. This authorisation shall be submitted by the expert before commencing his duties. At the request of the competent authority, the documents must be submitted with a certified translation.

Technically approved by

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection


List ID 424 (whitelist; Status: 13.09.2018)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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