The Netherlands Soil Protection Guideline for Soil Threatening Activities (NRB)

The Netherlands Soil Protection Guideline for Soil Threatening Activities (NRB) has been confirmed at administrative level by the Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment/Directorate General for the Environment (VROM/DGM), the Union of Water Boards, the Association of Provinces and the Association of Netherlands Municipalities within the Soil Steering Party (Stubo). Hence the NRB has the status of a harmonising tool for assessing the need and reasonableness of soil protection measures and facilities. The NRB is designated as a Best Practice.

Goal of the Soil Risk Assessment
The goal of the soil risk assessment is to identify soil threatening activities related to operations. Prescribed combinations of measures and facilities have to be in place to achieve a negligible soil risk.

For (industrial) activities with a risk for releasing environmentally hazardous substances into the soil, the company must undertake measures to protect the soil against these substances. The Netherlands Soil Protection Guidelines (NRB) describes whether and in which way a  companies can put such measures into place.

In installations where (according to the NRB) environmentally hazardous activities are being carried out measures and/or facilities have to be in order to achieve a negligible soil risk. Sufficient soil pollution protection is taken to reduce the contamination risk to a minimum by effective measures and facilities (contaminated Soil Hazard Category A).

Goal of the Soil Risk Analysis
The goal of the soil risk analysis is to identify the soil risks related to the industrial operation and in this light to compare the current final emission score with the desired final emission score, as well as to define any further measures and facilities that might be required.

SFA-Testsystemen is a specialist in the field of The Netherlands Soil Protection Guidelines (NRB) and is able to fully support your company to prove that your company is in compliance and to prevent soil contamination.