Soil Pollution

Soil Pollution in Europe

Soil Pollution in Germany

Provisions relating to soil pollution in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Twenty-nine, under the heading “Offences Against the Environment,” located in Section 324a Soil pollution, which reads: (1) Whosoever, in violation of duties under administrative law introduces, allows substances to penetrate or releases substances into the soil and thereby pollutes it or otherwise alters it negatively in a manner that is capable of harming the health of another, animals, plants, other property of significant value or a body of water; or 1. 2. to a significant extent shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine. (2) The attempt shall be punishable. (3) If the offender acts negligently the penalty shall be imprisonment not exceeding three years or a fine.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to soil pollution is current as of 2010

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