Dumping of silt off Scharhörn and damage to the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site in violation of applicable EU nature conservation legislation
Priority question for written answer P-003209/2022
to the Commission
Tiemo Wölken (S&D)
The Port of Hamburg is preparing to dump silt off the island of Scharhörn – ecologically important because of its birdlife – in the immediate vicinity (only 500 metres) of the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site and this despite protests from the neighbouring state of Lower Saxony.
- 1.In the Commission’s view, is this project contrary to the Water Framework Directive and the Birds and Habitats Directives, and does this project adversely affect the biological status of the site?
- 2.Do the silt sediment levels, which are 5.2 times higher than the agreed OSPAR limit values for mercury and 5.7 times higher than the agreed OSPAR limit values for ppDDDT, ppDDE, hexachlorobenzene and other pollutants, infringe EU law? In this context, what is the Commission’s assessment of the simulation carried out by the Hamburg Port Authority in relation to the assumed amount of dredging, the nine-month simulation period and the storm surge assumed in the simulation, and the associated accumulation levels as well as the impacted areas and valuable species?
- 3.What does the Commission intend to do to mediate in project design and to ensure that EU law is complied with?