Tuesday, June 13, 2006
SOIL strategy update 6/13/06
The EU delayed release of the soil strategy last week due to objections by the EU Enterprise Commissioner. He seeks to limit contaminated site inventories to transboundary sites and to restrict public access to the inventories. The draft had required member states to identify areas at risk of degradation within five years based on common criteria. Member states would have two years to adopt an action plan with targets to reduce risks. The draft required
national inventories of contaminated sites and
remediation strategies, to be made publicly available and reviewed
regularly. According to the EU consultation survey of organizations and citizens, contamination is seen as the greatest threat to soil.
original post 6/1/06
On June 7, the European Commission is scheduled to adopt the thematic strategy on soil protection. The strategy calls for creating a framework directive requiring the 25 EU member states to meet soil remediation targets. The framework directive also would require sellers of contaminated land to provide soil reports to potential buyers. The thematic strategy for soil protection includes targets for other threats to soil such as compaction, decline in organic matter, declining biodiversity, erosion, landslides, salinization, and sealing. The strategy calls on member states to create stabilization strategies and action plans. EU link