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Schleswig-Holstein

Applying for environmental information in mining

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

In Germany, the government and public administration bodies actively inform the general public about the environment. Every person is entitled to free access to environmental information via these bodies that are obliged to provide information.

Environmental information provides information about

  • the state of the environment, human health and safety,
  • factors, activities and measures that have an impact on the environment,
  • environmental law,
  • political programs relating to the environment.

You can also request specific data from the authorities yourself, for example on air and water quality and data on biotopes and protected areas.

If you wish to receive certain environmental information, you can apply to the competent authority. You do not have to prove a legal interest.

In the mining sector, for example, the following information is of interest:

  • Flow paths and nature of ground and surface water,
  • effects on soil, fauna and flora and
  • Holders and terms of mining licenses in a particular area.

You can gain access to environmental information, for example, by requesting information or inspecting files.


Who should I contact?

Please contact the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) in Clausthal-Zellerfeld (responsible mining authority also for Schleswig-Holstein).

Requirements

Every person has the right to view and request environmental information about bodies that are obliged to provide information.

Which documents are required?

Your application must specify the exact information you require, i.e. the body must be able to identify what information you need from it.

What are the fees?

The fees are determined according to the effort required to obtain the information. If the authority rejects the application, no costs are incurred.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Objection deadline: 1 Month
You can lodge an appeal with the authorities against an application that has been rejected (in whole or in part). If this does not lead to a different result, you can take legal action.

Processing duration

Processing time: 1 - 2 Months
The requested information must be made available to you immediately. As a rule, this means: no later than 1 month after you have requested the information. In the mining industry, some procedures are very complex and involve various authorities, agencies and companies, so this deadline is often extended. In this case, you will receive information on the status.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • Objection
  • Possible action before the administrative court
What else should I know?

The bodies required to provide information do not include certain federal authorities that are involved in legislation and federal courts that do not perform public administration tasks.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture Rhineland-Palatinate (MWVLW)

Professionally released on

01.08.2023

Who should I contact?

Please contact the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) in Clausthal-Zellerfeld (responsible mining authority also for Schleswig-Holstein).

Requirements

Every person has the right to view and request environmental information about bodies that are obliged to provide information.

Which documents are required?

Your application must specify the exact information you require, i.e. the body must be able to identify what information you need from it.

What are the fees?

The fees are determined according to the effort required to obtain the information. If the authority rejects the application, no costs are incurred.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Objection deadline: 1 Month
You can lodge an appeal with the authorities against an application that has been rejected (in whole or in part). If this does not lead to a different result, you can take legal action.

Processing duration

Processing time: 1 - 2 Months
The requested information must be made available to you immediately. As a rule, this means: no later than 1 month after you have requested the information. In the mining industry, some procedures are very complex and involve various authorities, agencies and companies, so this deadline is often extended. In this case, you will receive information on the status.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • Objection
  • Possible action before the administrative court

What else should I know?

The bodies required to provide information do not include certain federal authorities that are involved in legislation and federal courts that do not perform public administration tasks.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transport, Agriculture and Viticulture Rhineland-Palatinate (MWVLW)

Professionally released on

01.08.2023

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