In the coming weeks, RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment will derive a temporary background value for PFAS in Dutch soil. This will be done based on measurement data from the provinces in the Netherlands. The background value indicates what concentrations of PFAS can be expected in relatively clean areas in the Netherlands. Based on this temporary background value, the government may decide to amend the standard for PFAS for the agriculture/nature function.
In July of this year, RIVMNational Institute for Public Health and the Environment has calculated the risk limits for PFAS in soil and dredging spoil. At concentrations below these risk limits, the risks to people and the environment are acceptable. As a precaution and based on the law, the government has set the standard for PFAS in soil and dredging spoil at 0.1 micrograms of PFAS per kilo. This low standard is now causing problems because the soil and dredging spoil containing PFAS are difficult to move above this standard.
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