ARCHIVE: Soil Code - The 1998 Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Soil (PB0617)

ARCHIVE: The Code of Good Agricultural Practice for the Protection of Soil

PB0617
1998.

 

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 Note: This code has now been replaced by the combined
Water, Soil and Air Code 2009

Contents

Summary

1. Introduction

About this Code

2. Laws on Soil Protection

Introduction
Waste disposal
Special waste
Sewage sludge
Contaminated land
Contaminated food
Minerals
Removal of soil for sale
Water pollution
Nitrate in water
Planning legislation
Soils on roads
Contamination by radioactive substances
Ancient monuments and archaeological areas

3. Soil Fertility

Introduction
Biological activity
Soil acidity and liming
Soil nutrient content
Organic matter

4. Physical Degradation

Introduction
Soil compaction
Removing topsoil
Soil erosion
Erosion by water
Erosion by wind
Deep cultivation and mixing of soil
Loss of lowland peat

5. Contamination

Introduction
Heavy metals and other inorganic contaminants
Organic contaminants
Industrial contamination
Atmospheric deposition
Sewage sludge
Other industrial and domestic wastes
Animal manures
Inorganic fertilisers
Pesticides
Dredging materials
Remedial treatment
Seawater flooding
Oil spillage

6. Restoring Disturbed Soils

Introduction
Legislation

Extracting minerals and landfilling
Pipelines
Planning the work
Site working
Soil stripping
Soil storage
Soil reinstatement
Agricultural aftercare
Cropping
Cultivations
Lime and fertiliser
Drainage
Subsoiling
Grazing management
Monitoring
Long-term management

Appendices

  1. Environment Agency: Contact details
  2. Inorganic contaminants of soils in England and Wales
  3. Maximum permissible and advisable concentrations of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) in soil after applications of sewage sludge to agricultural land and maximum annual rates of addition
  4. Sources of information

Legislation
Codes of Practice
Other publications
Contact details


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