Title: Bundesbodenschutzgesetz (BBodSchG) - Federal Soil Protection Act of 17 March 1998 
Resource Type: document --> policy documents 
Country: Germany 
Year: 1998 
Availability: German version: Bundesbodenschutzgesetz (BBodSchG), Gesetz zum Schutz vor schädlichen Bodenveränderungen und zur Sanierung von Altlasten vom 17. März 1998 in: Bundesgesetzblatt 1998 Teil 1, Nr. 16 vom 24.03.1998 S. 502 ff, ISSN 0341-1095, 'Bundesanzeiger' Verlagsgesellschaft mbH, http://www.bundesanzeiger.de 
Author 1/Producer: Federal Republic of Germany 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://bundesrecht.juris.de/bundesrecht/bbodschg/  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->policy and regulatory
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Soil-->Soil Overview
 
Long description: The act has been long in the planning stage, and requires soil polluters and landowners to take precautions against risks to the soil and to clean up pollution already present. On the basis of the act, standards can be defined for reducing the introduction of pollutants, sustainable land use and for soil clean-up measures, A draft of the act views soil protection as protection of a natural basis of human, animal and plant life. The draft establishes, among others, the following obligations: Those who cause soil pollution, and landowners, are required to take precautionary measures against risks to the soil. Landowners must take care to ensure that there is no risk to the soil originating from the condition of their land, for example from leaking tanks or pipes. Above and beyond precaution against risks, care must be taken to ensure that no harmful changes in the soil arise in the future. Already present soil pollution which represents a threat to humans or the environment must be removed. The regulations provided assign responsibility for clean-up measures, define the areas of competence for the authorities and give direction for clean-up planning. On the basis of soil content analysis, the designation of slightly polluted areas as polluted sites may be lifted, and the area may be given over for economic use. Soil content analysis protects the rights of investors, and renders the risks associated with soil pollution more easily calculable. 
Submitted By: Maike Hauschild WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 22/11/2004