One of the projects of the IMPEL Water and Land Expertise Team is the Water and Land Remediation project. This project focuses on contaminated sites management, which is a process that has different speeds in Members States. This is due partly to differences in legislation that would mean different definitions as for making some examples “potentially contaminated sites”, “contaminated sites”, “remediated sites”. For this reason, the European Commission-JRC launched an initiative with the EEA-EIONET network to find common definitions and a survey in MS in 2018 (https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/publication/status-local-soil-contamination-europe-revision-indicator-progress-management-contaminated-sites) that resulted in defining 6 site statuses.
The outcomes of this project are:
• Support/exchange technical experience required to make progress with the task “Remediation verification scheme” in Europe in order to enable those MS in which no procedure is currently taking place to have one reference.
• Schemes for remediation verification.
• Launch a discussion on a possible role IMPEL could play in this context, having in mind its strategy to share knowledge, skills and good practices, producing technical guidance, coordinating action between countries.
Request to submit case studies remediation technologies
This year, Water and Land Remediation will focus on two techniques: In Situ Chemical Oxidation and Soil Vapor Extraction. We invite any institutions, control authorities, universities, private companies, or other stakeholders to submit more case studies regarding these two remediation technologies. The deadline for the collection of case studies is 31 December 2020.