Photo: Ola Nordal

Contaminated soil

Several areas in Norway are exposed to abnormally high concentrations of environmental toxins in the soil, often because of previous discharges from the industrial sector and old landfills.

The environment protection authorities aim to both purify contaminated soil and prevent it from occurring at all. The goal is to either stop or substantially reduce the spread of environmental toxins, including surface runoff to nearby areas and the exposure of people, animals, and plants in the vicinity of the contaminated areas.