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Quickscan of substances for which the set reduction of emissions has not been realised

Quickscan van stoffen met niet gerealiseerde emissiereducties uit het Doelgroepbeleid Milieu en Industrie


In a Quickscan study the RIVM has examined how much the Dutch industry contributes to the release of 14 substances to air or water. Furthermore the RIVM has investigated to what extent the measured concentrations of these substances in the environment exceed the environmental quality standards in the Netherlands. The Quickscan was requested because the government and industry sectors had agreed by contract to reduce the release of priority substances to air and water in 2010. The industry sectors have not yet been able to achieve the agreed reduction levels for the 14 substances. Four out of the fourteen substances do not meet the maximum permissible concentration level or the limit value for air quality on the regional or national level. It concerns fine particulate matter (PM10), nitrogen oxides, polycyclic aromatic compounds and copper. The Dutch industry contributes approximately about 20 percent to the national emission to air of fine particulate matter as well as polycyclic aromatic compounds. For both nitrogen oxides (air) and copper (water) the share in the national emission is less than ten percent. For four substances, namely sulphur dioxide, arsenic, benzene and carbon monoxide, the target value is exceeded. The other six substances do not cause difficulties in terms of air or water because they hardly exceed the environmental quality standards, if at all.

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