A Lufthansa Cargo aircraft lands at Frankfurt Airport (archive picture): The ground storage facility for contaminated soil at Terminal 3 has been approved, but is only to be built if removal is delayed. (Source: Jörg Halisch / imago images)
The ground storage facility for almost 500,000 cubic meters of contaminated soil at Frankfurt Airport has been approved. But it should only be built if there is no other option.
The controversial interim storage facility for contaminated soil from the construction of Terminal 3 at Frankfurt Airport has been approved. The permit has been granted and is limited to five years, said a spokesman for the responsible regional council in Darmstadt on Monday. The documents are expected to be available to the public in December. Well over 100 people and organizations had objected. These concerned, among other things, waste classification and disposal, groundwater and soil protection, air and noise emissions and nature conservation.
Build only if there is a delay
The construction project produces immense amounts of soil contaminated with polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC). The airport operator Fraport is now assuming a total amount of excess land of 470,000 cubic meters. By the end of this year, 75 percent of the contaminated excavated soil will be transported by train, ship and truck to reception points in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and East Germany, Fraport announced on Monday.
“We are still on the right track to properly and completely remove the contaminated soil material,” said CEO Stefan Schulte. This should be completed by the middle of next year. “If there are no unexpected delays, we will not build the approved storage facility.”