The construction and infrastructure sector suffer greatly from the higher PFAS standard, despite the fact that it was already relaxed in December. Delays and higher costs are the result. This is reported by sector organization Bouwend Nederland (pdf) that has conducted a survey among more than 350 companies.
The construction and infrastructure sector are being plagued by delays and higher costs arising from the new PFAS standard. This mainly relates to current projects. Companies get caught up in discussions with clients about extra costs.
The higher costs are due to the relocation of land, according to Bouwend Nederland. In many cases these costs are not passed on to the client and that causes problems.
Since October a stricter standard has been in place for PFAS. PFAS is a collective name for chemicals that are harmful and polluting. More than 85 percent of the tested soil is above that strict standard. As a result, construction companies, dredging companies and earth-moving companies were bothered and many projects came to a halt. A relaxation of the standard was therefore implemented in December.