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Environmental information on contaminated sites and areas suspected of being contaminated sites: Information

The term contaminated sites refers to areas where there is a suspicion of contaminated sites. Contaminated sites are, for example, disused storage sites for municipal or commercial waste (old deposits) or disused plants, armament sites and operating areas where environmentally hazardous substances have been handled (old sites), insofar as this causes harmful soil changes or other hazards. The list of contaminated sites summarizes the data on contaminated sites and areas suspected of being contaminated sites.

According to the Environmental Information Act (UIG), every person has the right to free access to environmental information held by a body obliged to provide information. The UIG applies in Lower Saxony in conjunction with the Lower Saxony Environmental Information Act (NUIG). Access may be granted by providing information, granting access to the file or by other means. Upon request, any person can therefore obtain information from the register of contaminated sites. Such information is important, for example, when buying or selling a plot of land, in construction projects or demolition projects as well as in the case of groundwater use in the vicinity of contaminated sites. However, in many cases, the information about a contaminated site or area suspected of being contaminated can be personal data. The competent authority must then examine whether the disclosure of the information would significantly prejudice the interests of the person concerned; if necessary, it must carry out a balancing act.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the district, the district-free city, certain other cities and the Hanover region.

Which documents are required?

Information must be requested in writing. The following are required for an application:

  • Information on the municipality, district or district,
  • Street and house number, if not known, geographical coordinates or corridor and parcels.

Further evidence can be:

  • consent of the owner of the land,
  • other evidence of a legitimate interest.

What are the fees?

Fees are charged for the information from a processing effort of half an hour.

§ 6 Lower Saxony Environmental Information Act (NUIG)

Processing duration

Processing Time: 1 Month
upon receipt of the application

Processing Time: 2 Months
in the case of extensive and complex environmental information


Text reviewed by the Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection


The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies

Landkreis Emsland - Fachbereich Umwelt
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Data protection information

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)