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Experts for the inspection of long-term storage facilities: determination

If there is concern that, after the long-term storage facility has been shut down, the installation or the plant site may cause harmful environmental effects or other hazards, significant disadvantages and considerable nuisances for the general public and the neighbourhood within the meaning of Section 5 (3) No. 1 of the Federal Immission Control Act (BImSchG), the operator shall, at the request of the competent authority, have it inspected, whether the requirements of § 5 para. 3 no. 1 BImSchG are met. These checks shall be carried out by experts designated by the competent authority.

An expert must be approved by the competent authority.

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

The appointment of an expert is made upon request after a review, which is based on § 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 Inspectorate Hildesheim.

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

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The requirements for an expert under Section 24 of the Landfill Ordinance (DepV) are largely the same as those that must be met by an expert recognised under Section 18 of the Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG) who is qualified for investigations under soil protection law. Therefore, recognition is required in accordance with the Lower Saxony Ordinance on Experts and Investigation Bodies for Soil Protection and Contaminated Sites (NBodSUVO) 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

Section 24 (2) of the Landfill Ordinance (DepV)

What else should I know?

The announcement made in a federal state is valid nationwide.

The authorisation requirement does not apply if an equivalent authorisation from another EU or EEA state is submitted. This authorisation must be submitted by the expert before commencing work. 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

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Linie6PLus)