Soil is a valuable asset and must be well managed at all times.
- Has the soil been contaminated because of certain activities and does this pose a risk to one’s health and the environment? Then that risk that has been established must be removed in order to safeguard the environment, or to be able to use the terrain in question once again. Removing that risk usually requires soil remediation.
- Will soil be moved during construction projects or infrastructure works? In that case, it must be avoided that the contaminated soil would be moved to uncontaminated locations due to the earthmoving works. Before commencing with the earthmoving, a soil survey is recommended for the determination of the environmental hygiene of the soil and eventual contamination by human activity. Based on the result of the soil survey, the soil that is to be excavated can be reused locally, or removed in a targeted manner without creating new contamination.
- Calamities (fire, collision between vehicles, ...) can also lead to soil contamination. These are then new contaminations that will require full remediation as quickly as possible.