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Technology Tesla can continue work in Brandenburg

11:16  28 may  2020
11:16  28 may  2020 Source:   spiegel.de

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Foundation work, construction pits, pipelines: Tesla can initially continue to work on the planned factory in Brandenburg - but at its own risk.

  Tesla kann Arbeiten in Brandenburg fortsetzen © Christian Spicker / imago images / Christian Spicker

The US electric car manufacturer Tesla has received approval for foundation work from the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment. This was announced by the spokesman for the Ministry of the Environment, Sebastian Arnold, in Potsdam.

For example, the construction of flat foundations, pipes and supports as well as the construction of construction pits are possible. Tesla can also use it to improve the underground and build an area for loading and unloading materials that are delivered by rail.

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Tesla wants to manufacture around 500,000 electric cars a year in its first factory in Europe in Grünheide near Berlin from 2021. Because an environmental permit in Brandenburg has not yet been completed, the company carries out the preparations on the site at its own risk. Previously, Tesla had applied to clear around 90 hectares of forest ahead of time and then level the ground.

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conservationists fear, among other things, negative consequences for the environment and water supply. They had called for the construction of the factory to be stopped. With regard to the approval of the foundation work, the ministry spokesman said: "The approval was preceded by a thorough assessment of the environmental impact."

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For example, the protection of groundwater in the drinking water protection area and requirements to protect the neighborhood from unacceptable noise were taken into account during the construction phase.

Criticism of conservationists had also met that Tesla had started to set piles on May 14th. Opponents of Tesla had criticized that the piles would enter the groundwater layer and thus interfere with the water flow. According to the Ministry of the Environment, the so-called pile test loads were initially stopped, because approval from the lower water authority was missing, but is now available.

According to information from the ministry , more than 370 objections were received against the factory project . An appointment to discuss objections was initially canceled due to the corona crisis, a new appointment has not yet been set. Tesla wants to change its earlier application for approval according to the state government - for example with the plan for a lower water consumption than initially stated.

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