In this paper a framework is described for the classification of contaminated sites, including priority setting for actions to be taken. The framework covers 800 oil and gas locations of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and forms part of Soil Quality Management. The number of contaminated sites and the costs involved for investigation, monitoring and control and clean-up makes it necessary to develop such a framework. Also, the limited availability of manpower/expertise within and outside industry increase the need for a framework with management tools. Within the framework, management tools for decision making have been developed, such as risk assessment on health and safety, criteria for priority setting, planning and budgeting systems. Out of the overall framework, individual Business Units within the NAM have developed their own Masterplan for their specific sites. By applying these instruments, Soil Quality Management forms an integral part of location management.

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