Remediation efforts of contaminated sites are in progress, but due to the extent of the contamination are often only containment processes rather than clean-ups.
Private companies continue to store toxic waste in former mining shafts.
State of Saxony-Anhalt has exempted buyers of chemical sites from responsibility for the remediation of contaminated sites and has transferred that responsibility to state agencies, coordinated by the LAF, Landesamt für Altlastenfreistellung (State Office for Contaminated Sites exemption).
There seems to be a lack of supervision and regulation of private companies by the state and this is publicly critized by local experts.
The Federal Republic of Germany and EU don’t provide sufficient funds for large scale clean-up projects
Philip Max Baum, 9 December 2021, "Containment efforts prevent the worst", contributed by Philipp Max Baum, Disaster STS Network, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 9 December 2021, accessed 25 January 2022.