Consultation shows support for EU soils law

Respondents see contamination as the greatest threat to soil, call for national inventories of polluted sites

EU governments should make an inventory of contaminated sites and set up a plan to remediate them, respondents to a European Commission consultation on soil protection have said. The consultation is one of the last steps towards publication of an EU thematic strategy on soils, due next month (EED 01/08/05).

The consultation revealed that contamination is seen by stakeholders and European citizens as the greatest threat to soil, followed by erosion and organic matter decline. In the run-up to the strategy, the Commission has recommended drafting a law to require harmonised monitoring in order to locate and eliminate contamination at source.

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