Title II.
Definitions, objectives and general provisions


Chapter I.
Definitions


Article 2. Translation not available

Chapter II.
Objectives


Article 3.

1.

The soil policy is the policy aimed at sustainable soil management, where the needs of the current generations are met without jeopardising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. To this end, the policy must ensure, conserve and restore the quality of the soil by land remediation and soil protection, so that in the future our soils will still to the extent possible be able to fulfil the functions of the soil and allow different types of land use. The soil policy is also intended to create wide as possible social support, where the educating and informing of the target groups relating to soil management is stimulated.

2.

The policy relating to land remediation is aimed at achieving the guide values for soil quality to the extent possible.These guide values are established by the Flemish Government, and include levels of polluting substances or organisms in or on the soil that allow the soil to be able to fulfil all its functions without any restriction having to be imposed.

3.

The policy relating to soil protection is intended to protect the soil against pollution and disturbance and to protect valuable soils. The protection of the soil against pollution has the purpose of meeting the target values for soil quality to the extent possible. These target values are established by the Flemish Government and include levels of polluting substances or organisms in or on the soil that are equivalent to the normal background level in non-contaminated soils with comparable soil characteristics.

4.

The sustainable use of excavated soil is encouraged so that the excavated soil is used optimally as an alternative for primary surface minerals.


Chapter III.
General provisions


Article 4.

1.

Subject to contrary provisions, the periods mentioned in this decree commence:

  1. in the case of notification by registered mail with recorded delivery, on the first day following the day on which the letter was presented at the place of residence, or the registered or administrative offices of the addressee;
  2. in the case of notification by registered mail or ordinary letter, on the third workday following the day on which the letter was submitted to the postal services, unless the addressee demonstrates the contrary;
  3. in the case of sending with receipt, on the day after the date of the receipt.
The periods expire at midnight on the last day. If the last day is a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday, the period ends on the next workday.

2.

The Flemish Government can determine that notification can also take place electronically. Is this case it determines any more specific modalities.