Danish move to loosen contaminated land rules

Experts' recommendation on criteria would see thousands of sites removed from register

Danish experts have advised the government to relax significantly criteria for defining land as contaminated. The move could see 100,000 urban areas subject to diffuse pollution removed from the country's contaminated site register plus at least 16% of sites polluted by point sources.

The committee was commissioned after claims that Danish contaminated land policy was too precautionary and too expensive (EED 15/06/04). Its report reviews the principles for setting health-based criteria for pollutants in air, soil and water plus criteria for registering land as contaminated.

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