Das Straßenschild "Tesla Straße 1" steht an der Zufahrt zum Baugelände der Tesla Fabrik. (Quelle: dpa/Jörg Carstensen)

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Tesla must also publicly display revised construction documents

dpa / Jörg Carstensen

Sound: Anten Brandenburg | 04/06/2021 | Dorit Kermes | picture: dpa / Jörg Carstensen

The next bureaucratic hurdle for the automaker Tesla: The US company has to publicly display the documentation for the planned battery factory. It is unclear if there will be another large public hearing. The Grünheide Citizens Initiative calls for construction to be halted.

distance The US Tesla Group has extended applications for approval of its planned electric car plant near Grünheide (Oder-Spree) and submitted it to the Environment Agency in the state of Brandenburg, the documents must be interpreted again. Various municipalities from the area around the Tesla construction site notified RBB on Friday.

Another public view

Permit applications should be made available to interested parties after prior notice from the following week. Then the show period runs from June 14 to July 13. The intended sites are obviously the town halls of Erkner, Grünheide and Spreenhagen and the State Environment Agency in Frankfurt (Oder). An additional online publication is considered likely. The government’s environment agency has not yet announced whether there will be another public consultation date after that.

As already described, Tesla submitted new application documents to the state environment agency on Thursday. Changes in the ongoing approval process were necessary, among other things, because Tesla also plans to manufacture battery cells. For this purpose, the company has applied for an auxiliary device corresponding to the production of the car.

Moreover, it was announced on Friday that the new construction phase of the battery coating will be completed by a Polish contractor. The industrial association “IG Bau” claims to have found it. So far, the German company Max Bögel has been the general contractor for the entire Tesla construction site in Grünheide.

Citizens’ initiative calls for a complete freeze on construction

Meanwhile, Citizens Initiative (BI) Grünheide is calling for a complete construction freeze. “It continues with Tesla’s salami tactics to obtain early permits, with support from the state government,” says initiative spokesman Stephen Schurcht. German environmental law will be further undermined.

Shortcht has criticized that there is no documentation yet available for the planned scheme and has now applied for the battery plant. Therefore, the State Office for the Environment (LfU) cannot give a positive outlook for the project as a whole. But this is a condition for them
Early building permits pursuant to Section 8a of the Federal Immigration Control Act. No further prior approvals should be granted until new documents have been examined.

The Citizens Initiative also wants another public discussion and, according to its own statements, would like to support the conservation societies’ legal action against temporary permits to build the plant. The automaker has already received 15 provisional approvals.

Broadcast: Anten Brandenburg, 04.06.2021, 3:40 p.m.

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