Denmark:- Policy and regulatory
The Ministry of the Environment http://www.mim.dk/eng/ is in charge of
administrative and research tasks in the area of environmental protection and
The Ministry of the Environment was created in autumn 1971, when two ministries were merged. The Ministry employs more than 2500 people.
The Ministry has three agencies, one corporate management centre and two independent research institutes. Two independent appeal boards and one Environmental Assessment Institute are linked to the Ministry.
Management of contaminated sites is governed by the Contaminated Soil Act http://www.mst.dk/rules/Acts in force/Waste and soil in force/03050100.doc.
The purpose of this Act is to assist in the prevention, elimination, or reduction of soil contamination and the hindrance or prevention of the detrimental impact of soil contamination on groundwater, human health, and the environment.
In particular, the objectives of this Act are to:
1. protect drinking water resources,
2. prevent health problems due to use of contaminated areas,
3. provide the basis for a co-ordinated and directed public effort to avoid detrimental effects from soil contamination,
4. prevent the further pollution of the environment through the use and disposal of soil, and
5. uphold the polluter as the primary party who shall take those measures that are required to combat the impact of soil contamination and restore the original state of the environment.
This Act shall apply to soil which due to human impact may detrimentally affect the groundwater, human health, and the environment.
This Act shall not apply to soil affected by the spreading of sludge, fertiliser, and
pesticides, etc. for agricultural purposes.
Contaminated Soil Act, no. 370 of
Lov om forurenet jord nr. 370 af 02/06/1999
Bekendtgørelse om anmeldelse af flytning af forurenet jord og jord fra forureningskortlagte arealer og offentligt vejareal
Bekendtgørelse om lov om Miljøbeskyttelse
Consolidated Act on Water Supply etc. Consolidated Act No. 130 of 26/02/1999
Lovbekendtgørelse om lov om vandforsyning mv. LBK Nr.130 af 26/02/1999
Bekendtgørelse om indsatsplaner http://www.retsinfo.dk/_GETDOCM_/ACCN/B20000049405-REGL
Bekendtgørelse om vandkvalitet og tilsyn med vandforsyningsanlæg
Bekendtgørelse om udførelse og sløjfning af boringer og brønde på land
Lov om miljømål m.v. for vandforekomster og internationale naturbeskyttelsesområder (miljømålsloven)
Bekendtgørelse om karakterisering af vandforekomster, opgørelse af påvirkninger og kortlægning af vandressourcer
Retsinformation (”Legal Information”), the official on-line legal information system of the Danish State.
Danish Ministry of the Environment
Danish Environmental Protection Agency