The Soil, Environmental Geology and Contaminated Sites


Today's state of Brandenburg was geologically strongly affected by the last ice age. This also led to the fact that the landscape is characterized by light soils. Likewise, the individual sections of the glacial series can be easily reconstructed in today’s cultural landscape. The duties of an environmental administration in the field of soil protection focus among other issues the protection and restoration of soil functions, the prevention of pollutant entries, the reduction of soil erosion, the maintenance of soil fertility, but also the containment of sealing and compaction of soils. Particular attention has been paid since years to the preservation and recovery of moor soils. The soil geology and the mining of raw materials are becoming increasingly important for the environment with a view to the livelihoods and risk prevention.

Other challenges for the remedial soil protection in Brandenburg are the mining areas and the contaminated sites from the GDR era, such as old landfills and former industrial plants. Contaminated sites and their remediation are a legacy of industrial and military use of space. However, also issues of livelihoods for the population and investment decisions are frequently linked to this.

Supreme authority in soil protection is the Ministry exerting in this sector the specific supervision of the State Office for Environment as the supreme State Authority. In rural and urban districts duties of soil protection are carried out by the environmental agencies. For the Soil Geology area of the State Office for Mining, Geology, and Raw Materials (LBGR) there is a common technical supervision with the Ministry of Economy and Energy (MWE). Concerning soil protection issues both ministries are holding an extensive dialog and close cooperation.

The official responsibility for the sector of mining and mining impacts is based on the Federal Mining Act at the MWE and the subordinated LBGR.

Letzte Aktualisierung: 08.06.2016

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