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Emissions to the groundwater. Overview of political boundary conditions and assessment procedures

Emissies naar grondwater. Overzicht van beleidsuitgangspunten en procedures voor beoordeling

Synopsis

Large differences between groundwater assessment procedures in Dutch environmental policy exist. Still, they comply with the demands of the European Groundwater Daughter Directive. This directive gives only the boundary conditions and elements for a proper risk assessments, the exact procedures are not prescribed. Sources of contamination on the soil, such as waste, pesticides or manure, pose a potential threat for the groundwater quality. For each source different regulations exist. The project aims to clarify the assessment procedures and to determine whether these procedures comply with demands of the Groundwater Daughter Directive. This information serves as a basis for further discussion between scientists and policy makers about the need and necessity of harmonization of assessment methods. Assessments methods for waste, sludge disposal, pesticides, soil quality/soil remediation, building materials, soil and sediment, manure and landfills are discussed. For these sources of contamination the basic assumptions, the compliance value and the calculation methods have been described.
 

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