The Naturschutzbund and the Green League Brandenburg have failed again with an urgent application against early approval for the construction of the factory of the US electric car company Tesla in Grünheide near Berlin. Today, Wednesday, the Berlin-Brandenburg Higher Administrative Court rejected a complaint by the environmental associations against a decision of the Administrative Court in Frankfurt (Oder) from June (OVG 11 S 78/21). This enables Tesla to test systems and units in the foundry, paint shop and body shop, and to build and use tanks for rinsing and test purposes.
The OVG confirmed the decision of the administrative court, which had rejected the urgent application against the early admission. The environmental associations had not asserted that, because of the tests that were then possible, incidents that were not adequately taken into account or other adverse effects on the environment must be expected. The urgent application was also inadmissible because the associations had not submitted that they were affected by the decision in their area of responsibility – the protection of nature and the environment. Tesla lacks final environmental approval to build the factory. The company is therefore building through several early approvals.