Despite far-reaching plans for the tegel airport area, it is not clear to what extent the ground is contaminated with pollutants. It also remains to be seen whether there are still dormant deposits underground. "Statements on soil contamination can only be made once the site has been put into operation and is freely accessible for investigations," finance secretary jens spahn (cdu) responded to a question from the fdp in the bundestag.
Fdp member of parliament christoph meyer said of spahn’s rearances: "this shows that on the federal and senate sides they don’t know exactly what costs the state will still have to bear. This is completely a black box for all of us."The fdp has been campaigning for years not to close tegel. It is clear to everyone that after decades of flight operations, considerable ground pollution is to be expected, meyer said.
The explosive ordnance has been removed from parts of the site so that aircraft can take off and land safely. According to the paper, however, it is not yet possible to say whether the flat is also suitable for apartments. Tegel airport is to close when the new capital airport in schonefeld comes on stream. As things stand at present, this is planned for october 2020. The 460-hectare site in tegel will then be home to a research and business park and apartments.