Denmark to loosen contaminated land rules

Denmark looks set to ease strict rules on designating sites as polluted following suggestions that health risks are generally extremely low and the costs of decontamination too high. Last year the government was criticised for cutting back on clean-up funding for owners of land classified as contaminated (EED 10/04/03). Eyvind Vesselbo, chairman of the parliamentary environment committee told Jyllands-Posten newspaper that new legislation could be in place by next session. Environment minister Hans Christian Schmidt has two committees to make recommendations by 1 November. See Jyllands-Posten.

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