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What are soil pollutants?subir

Soil is a very sensitive and vulnerable pollution receptor. Contaminants can damage not only terrestrial ecosystems but can also be transferred from the soil to air, water or food.

According to estimates by the European Environment Agency (EEA), in 1999 there were between 300,000 and 1,500,000 contaminated sites in Western Europe.

Under this category, RISCTOX includes substances considered as potential soil contaminants by Spanish Royal Decree 9/2005, on contaminated soils.

What to dosubir

To be informed on the amount and type of emissions, discharges and wastes generated within the company.

Ensure that the risk of exposure to these contaminants are adequately included in the risk assessment.

Control and monitor compliance with the legal obligations of the company in relation to Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions (integrated pollution prevention and control):

  • Have integrated environmental authorization (AAI).

  • Meet the requirements stated in the AAI.

  • Fulfill the obligations of control and information provision.

  • Inform the competent authority any change in the system.

  • Immediately inform the competent authority of any incident or accident that may affect the environment.

Propose the adoption of agreements and commitments with those responsible for the company to avoid or reduce the generation of pollutants through the adoption of best available techniques (BAT reference documents), changes in raw materials, substitution of hazardous substances, prevention plans, monitoring and management of waste generated by the installation etc.


Ths list includes the relation of potential soil pollutants included in Spanish RD 9/2005.


The list of soil pollutants was developed from the following sources:

ListSourceDate of publication
RD 9/2005RD 9/2005 December 2012


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