Common Forum Newsletter nr. 53 - December 04th, 2013
by Dr. D. Darmendrail
The Durban events (COMMON FORUM meeting, ICCL meeting and Satellite ICCL workshop) have been successful and intense. Thanks to our South colleagues for their friendly and efficient organization and to the participants for their contribution to all discussions. All presentations, ICCL 2013 survey answers are now available on the ICCL website. Durban COMMON FORUM meeting minutes can be downloaded on the COMMON FORUM website.
During the upcoming months we will need to achieve our assessment of all the EU legal documents impacting the contaminated land management which will be the basis of a Joint workshop with NICOLE. the main objectives of this workshop will be :
- knowing how governments and companies have to handle all the existing EU legislation
- find options for a better integrative framework at the EU level for contaminated land (soil, water resources, sediments, …), taking into consideration sustainability issues.
See you in Berlin next year.
FORTHCOMING COMMON FORUM MEETING IN BERLIN, DE
COMMON FORUM meeting
will be held
in BERLIN, Germany,
on 15–16 May 2014
We are currently considering to have a back to back joint workshop with NICOLE on the European policy framework on contaminated land. Please mark your diary for the week. We will come back to you as soon as possible.
COMMON FORUM MEETING IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
The presentations and the report of the COMMON FORUM Durban meeting held on October 8, 2013 in Durban (South Africa) are now available.
See also: COMMON FORUM Durban Statement on Soil Framework Directive.
COMMON FORUM PARTICIPATION TO SUSTREM 2014
COMMON FORUM is part of the Organizing Committee of the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Remediation 2014. SUSTREM 2014 will be held between September 17-19 in Ferrara, Italy.
You are cordially invited to submit an abstract to present your scientific findings, policy concepts and practical experiences by a lecture or poster at the forthcoming Sustainable Remediation 2014 conference. Abstracts on the following themes are welcome by April 25, 2014:
- Conceptual Framing – new developments and learnings since 2012, visioning and experiences on policy development incentives and regulatory support
- Tools, Metrics and Indicators – characterisation and analysis to better understand ‘green’, ‘eco-efficient’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘socio-economical’ aspects
- “Greening” Remediation, eco-efficient Technologies and Opportunities from Synergy – lowering the environmental footprint and increasing cost-effectiveness, developing technology demonstration, promoting renewables and combined benefit approaches
- Case-studies – brownfield redevelopment; environmental footprint; increased cost-effectiveness, environmental & social improvement, renewables, combined benefit approaches (e.g. heat storage and groundwater remediation)
- Stakeholder involvement and participative / collaborative approaches
More information on www.sustrem2014.com
COMMON FORUM AND NICOLE JOINT STATEMENT
The NICOLE / COMMON FORUM Joint Statement on Risk-Informed and Sustainable Remediation was presented at the NICOLE Lisbon Workshop (June 2013) and at the ICCL Satellite Workshop (Durban October 2013).
The Statement is now available in different European languages: English, French, German, Italian and Dutch.
COMMON FORUM MEMBERS TURNOVER
Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:
- France September 2013 - Aurélien Louis to replace Philippe Bodenez, French Ministry for Environment.
See also: COMMON FORUM Members List
NEWS FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Launch of the European Regional Partnership
On 31 October and taking the opportunity of the second Global Soil Week, the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat convened a workshop to discuss about the establishment of the European Soil Partnership. The Berlin communiqué was prepared by the participants GSP partners and agreed to establish the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat is based in Ispra, Italy. Also, the establishment of a Sub-regional Soil Partnership within the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat would be based in Moscow, Russian Federation was endorsed. An ad-hoc steering committee was set up in order to support the different activities that will be implemented for its next meeting during first semester of 2014.
Source SOIL Action Newsletter No 60 (December 2013)
Report on 2nd Global Soil Week
The second Global Soil Week (GSW 2013) convened in Berlin, Germany, from Sunday, 27 October, to Thursday, 31 October 2013, on the theme "Losing Ground?". The discussions were organized around four thematic threads corresponding to key areas of response to global soil loss: transforming global material and nutrient cycles; upscaling sustainable land management (SLM) and soil engineering at the landscape level; integrating land and soils in the sustainable development goals (SDGs) debate; and responsible land governance.
Source SOIL Action Newsletter No 60 (December 2013)
Workshop with project coordinators
On 10-11 June 2013 DG RTD organised a workshop on "Fostering innovative dialogue between researchers and stakeholders to meet future challenges: Land, Soil, Desertification, Urban and Community-Based Environmental Management".
Participants of this workshop were members of the European Commission services, FP7 project Coordinators (in Soil & Land Management, Desertification, Community-based approaches to Environmental management, Urban risks, Urban development & Planning) and stakeholders.
Those projects have been funded by the Environment Programme of DG RTD, Unit I.3 "Management of Natural Resources". A first Meeting with the FP7 project coordinators took place in October 2012.
During the 2-days meeting, 22 Projects have been presented in 4 sessions:
- Soil & Land Management (4): LUPIS, VOLANTE, ECOFINDERS, SOILTREC
- Desertification (6): DESIRE/RECARE, PRACTICE / CASCADE, LEDDRA, UNDESERT
- Community-based approaches to Environmental management(5): COBRA, COMBIOSERVE, CIVI.NET, COMET-LA, ECOADAPT
- Urban risks, Urban development & Planning (7): Megacities, TURAS, GEOURBAN/BRIDGE, CLUVA, SECOA, URBAN-NEXUS, GREEN SURGE
plus 12 presentations from Stakeholders.
Source: SOIL Action Newsletter No 59 (November 2013)
The LUCAS Topsoil data are made available
The available datasets include data from 19,969 samples from 25 Member States. Samples have been analysed for the percentage of coarse fragments, particle size distribution (% clay, silt and sand content), pH (in CaCl2 and H2O), organic carbon (g/kg), carbonate content (g/kg), phosphorous content (mg/kg), total nitrogen content (g/kg), extractable potassium content (mg/kg), cation exchange capacity (cmol(+)/kg) and for most samples multispectral properties are available. The data are freely available and can be downloaded after prior registration. The report "LUCAS Topsoil Survey: methodology, data and results" provides a detailed insight into the design and methodology of the data collection and laboratory analysis.
Source: SOIL Action Newsletter No 57 (September 2013)
LUCAS Topsoil Survey: methodology, data and results
In 2009, the European Commission extended the periodic Land Use/Land Cover Area Frame Survey (LUCAS) to sample and analyse the main properties of topsoil in 23 Member States of the European Union (EU). This topsoil survey represents the first attempt to build a consistent spatial database of the soil cover across The EU based on standard sampling and analytical procedures, with the analysis of all soil samples being carried out in a single laboratory.
Approximately 20,000 points were selected out of the main LUCAS grid for the collection of soil samples. A standardised sampling procedure was used to collect around 0.5 kg of topsoil. The samples were dispatched to a central laboratory for physical and chemical analyses. Subsequently, Malta and Cyprus provided soil samples even though the main LUCAS survey was not carried on their territories. Cyprus has adapted the sampling methodology of LUCAS-Topsoil for (the southern part of the island) while Malta adjusted its national sampling grid to correspond to the LUCAS standards. Bulgaria and Romania have been sampled in 2012. However, the analysis is ongoing and the results are not included in this report.
Source: SOIL Action Newsletter No 57 (September 2013)
NEWS FROM NICOLE
Fall Workshop 2013
NICOLE's fall workshop was held on 13–15 November 2013, in Namur, Belgium. The main workshop subject was 'Liability management from a financial, legal, and insurance perspective'. On this occasion NICOLE introduced for the first time a slot on the subject of mining legacy, through an integrated session. Other subjects included recent legislative changes, outsourcing liability management, liability transfers, the significance of the ELD, innovative approaches to quantifying liabilities, and technological & scientific issues with regards to the main workshop subject.
With regards to the organization of the workshop, the Organizing Committee worked closely with the Environmental Department in Wallonia (DGARNE), Ram‐Ses (English/French), and SPAQuE (websites in French only).
Source : e-News NICOLE - September 2013
NICOLE, the European Commission (EC), and the Industrial Emissions Directive (IED)
EC's Directorate General Environment (DGE) is currently close to finalizing its 'Guidance regarding baseline assessment in the context of the IED'. During a preliminary presentation of this 'Guidance report' at a recent Industrial Emissions Expert Group (IEEG) meeting, NICOLE was mentioned by DGE as one of the stakeholder organizations that had contributed to the Guidance.
NICOLE feels its public statement towards DGE and AMEC, holding some key remarks on the AMEC findings and suggestions, warrants some explanation. Therefore, NICOLE invited DGE at an upcoming Steering Group (SG) meeting, enabling us to explain our above statement, and them to present the outcomes of the 'Guidance report' in person.
DGE has responded to the SG by stating that DGE is willing to accept the invitation and address these matters only after the 'Guidance report' is finalized, and thus will not be present at the next SG meeting on 6 September 2013, which leaves the matter 'to be continued'. Of course, the SG will keep you informed on further developments.
Source : e-News NICOLE - September 2013
NEWS FROM OTHER STAKEHOLDERS
The call for the “Land and Soil Management Award” 2013/14 is now open!
Created by: The European Landowners’ Organization (ELO) under the auspices of the European Commission (DG Environment and the Joint Research Centre) in association with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) of Vienna, Syngenta International and the Centre for Soil and Environmental Sciences of the Ljubljana University
Aim: To encourage new concepts of protection and their implementation and to enhance awareness of the importance of land and soil in connection with good agriculture and environmental condition.
Eligibility: This prize is intended to recognize quality instruments and management practices which contribute to the protection of land and the soil, by improving the quality of the environment.
Prize: With an amount of 5000 € and a diploma of recognition.
The application deadline has been extended until the 31st of December 2013.
How: Fill in the application form; send the application by post and by email to the contact details below :
Rue de Trèves 67;
BE – 1040 Brussels
Contact person: Ana Rocha
Tel: +32 (0)2 235 20 04;
Fax: +32 (0)2 234 30 09
European Landowners’ Organization
email@example.com ; www.elo.org
Information and documents: www.europeanlandowners.org/about/awards
New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information. Resources, events projects and news items added on EUGRIS can be viewed at: www.eugris.info/whatsnew.asp. Then select the appropriate month and year for the updates in which you are interested. However, here is a selection of new additions to EUGRIS prepared by Paul Bardos (r3 Environmental Technology Ltd) for COMMON FORUM members.
DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST
NANOREM first newsletter
Available on www.NANOREM.eu
NANOREM has produced its first newsletter which provides a comprehensive overview of the project. It is setting the scene for the whole project and details what the project aims to achieve under each work package.
ITRC publishes new web-based guidance document on environmental molecular diagnostics (EMDs)
Using an electronic, web-based format, the Environmental Molecular Diagnostics (EMD) document describes a group of advanced and emerging techniques (referred to as EMDs) that analyze biological and chemical characteristics of environmental samples. EMDs have applications in each phase of environmental site management and provide additional lines of evidence for making better decisions at remediation sites.
The EMD guidance document provides descriptions of each of the major EMDs, along with case studies of their uses and recommendations regarding the appropriate application of these techniques. The document is structured as a stand-alone website that includes graphics and links to other web-based resources, including animations and video. The web-based format allows a user to drill down through a dense and technically-challenging topic to core concepts. The EMD web-based guidance document will help you understand how EMDs could benefit decision making during management of contaminated sites.
Source: ITRC mail of information August 01, 2013
SuRF-UK publishes its first three case studies
SuRF-UK is delighted to announce the publication of its first three case studies demonstrating the use of the SuRF-UK Framework in a variety of different project situations. These case studies are freely available and downloadable from the CL:AIRE website. To download, please follow the links below:
SuRF-UK is keen to hear from others who have also followed the framework and would like to write their project up as a case study. If you are interested, please do contact Nicola Harries.
Source: CL:AIRE eAlert October 2013
National Perchlorate Cost - Update
WITAF #316 - October 2013
American Water Works Association
AWWA introduces updated cost assessment for impending perchlorate regulation. The following key conclusion from this 2013 update are consitent with the prior assessment (Russel et al., 2009):
- National complance costs for a perchlorate MCL ranginf from 2 to 24 µg/L is smaller than estimates compliance costs for other drinking water regulations - eg., $120 million per year for a 4µg/L perchlorate MCL compared to $320 million per year (2013 dollars) for the Arsenic Rule à 10 µg/L.
- The relatively low national compliance costs relflect the small number of public water systems (PWSs) expected to be affected by a potential MCL of 4 µg/L (less than 3% based on 90th percentile perchlorate concentrations).
- Since a small number of PWSs are carrying the cost burdent, cost impacts to individual systems are significant, particularly for small water systems (estimates costs for systmes serving a population or less than 500 are approximately $3 per 1,000 gallons).
Some impacted PWSs may avoid treatment costes by abandoning high concentration sources. However most, if not all, of these systems will eventually incur costs to replace the lost water supply. This study demonstrates that opportunity costs for lost water (source abondonment) are comparable to treatment costs.
Draft Groundwater Remedy Completion Strategy
EPA released a draft Groundwater Remedy Completion Strategyin October that aims to provide guidance to site remediation teams to enable better decision–making to effectively complete groundwater remedies as part of Superfund cleanups. The recommended Strategy includes a step–wise plan and decision–making process for evaluating remedy operation, progress, and attainment of remedial action objectives. The plan and process would rely on an updated conceptual site model, performance metrics, and data derived from site–specific remedy evaluations.
The completion strategy aims to help site teams direct resources towards the information and decisions needed to effectively move a site to completion while protecting human health and the environment. Given that groundwater remediation can take years to decades to meet objectives, it is important to define metrics to measure performance and establish a clear decision–making process for managing a groundwater remedy through the completion phase. EPA is seeking input on the draft Strategy by December 20, 2013.
BOOKS, ARTICLES & ABSTRACT PROCEEDINGS OF INTEREST
Risk-Informed Management of European River Basins
The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Vol. 29
Jos Brils - Werner Brack - Dietmar Müller-Grabher - Philippe Négrel - Jan E. Vermaat. Editors.
The growing impacts of economic activities and climate change on the conditions of
rivers throughout the world, require a new, integrated approach towards river basin
management, an approach that can also cope with an uncertain future.
In this volume,
leading European scientists and representatives of major stakeholder groups present riskinformed
management as this new approach, as developed in the European Commissionfunded
project RISKBASE. It aims to improve the ecological quality of river basins and thus
to sustain the goods and services they provide for the benefit of society. Risk-informed
management involves the integrated application of three key-principles:
- Being well informed
- Managing adaptively
- Pursuing a participatory approach
The authors explain and underpin these principles in detail, offer inspiring examples from
practice and connect them to the implementation of the European Water Framework
This book is intended for scientists, consultants and practitioners concerned about river
basins, world-wide, as well as the drafters and implementers of the WFD River Basin
Ecosurvey – The paradox of tin
Ecosurvey's Francesco Caridei recently wrote a technical article regarding a paradox within Italian legislation on soil quality in relation to the parameter 'tin'.
The article was published in July 2013 in the Italian journal ilSole24ore ‐ Ambiente & Sicurezza and is available online in Italian and English, or downloadable as PDF (Italian and English).
By sharing this article, Francesco hopes to solicit other contributions on this theme from colleagues in other European countries.
Source : e-News NICOLE - September 2013
Critical feedback on the use of Geostatistical methods for the characteriztion of contaminated sites
Extended abstract -
Study n°11-0514/1A - RECORD - February 2013
Geostatistics is now recognized as one of the relevant solutions for the characterization of contaminated sites. It provides a sound methodological framework that can meet several objectives: sampling optimization, contamination mapping, assessment of land use compatibility regarding future site, integration of several kinds of measurements when available.
However, its added value and the condition necessary to its successful application are still difficult to assess. The main purpose of this project is therefore to draw up a 15 years report of the use of geostatistics for contaminated sites, both at national and international levels. A particular focus is made on the complementarity of this methodology with other approaches such as geophysical or on-site measurements.
This critical and objective feedback includes several themes: state of the art regarding these methods and the integration of indirect measurements such as geophysics, international literature review, actual training and software offer, position of regulatory authorities, survey amongst actors involved in the characterization of contaminated sites who faced this kind of approach, real case illustrations.
These elements help in assessing the current use of geostatistics for characterizing contaminated sites. Benefits have been identified as well as potential barriers for a more common application. Recommendations are also provided to ensure the success of geostatistical projects and improve their operational integration during site remediation. Finally, research and development themes which could answer the encountered problems are suggested.
24th Annual International Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air
March 17-20, 2014 -
San Diego, California, United-States of America
InterSol'2014 - International Conference-Exhibition on Soils, Sediments and Water
Emerging and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) & associated risks
March 18-20, 2014 - Lille, France
March 20-21, 2014 - Fulda, Germany
European Geosciences Union General Assembly - EGU 2014
April 27 - May 02, 2014 - Vienna, Austria
|EGU 2014 - call for abstracts for Session NH8.2
Nanoremediation: current and future trends
The EGU General Assembly is being held in Vienna 27 April to 2 May 2014. The Geological Society of London and the Geological Society of America are sponsoring a session at EGU 2014 to explore the use of nano technology in environmental remediation.
Some use is being made of nanoparticles to remediate polluted groundwater. However the incomplete science base underpinning such deployments is resulting in both inefficient remediation and in hindering the deployment of new nanoparticles with low potential environmental hazard. This session will bring together geoscientists working on various aspects of understanding the fate, transport, toxicity and efficacy of nanoparticles to provide a step change in remediation of recalcitrant contaminants.
The session is being convened by Eva Valsami-Jones (University of Birmingham) David Vaughan (University of Manchester) and Paul Nathanail (University of Nottingham).
Details of how to submit an abstract are available from: www.egu2014.eu
To submit an abstract, go to http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/egu2014,
then click on the ABSTARCT SUBMISSION option.
The abstract submission deadline is
16 January 2014, 13:00 CET.
Source: Professor Paul Nathanail -
School of Geography -
University of Nottingham
SETAC Europe 24th Annual Meeting
May 11-15, 2014 - Basel, Switzerland
2nd International Conference on Environmental and Economic Impact on Sustainable Development
Incorporating Environmental Economics, Toxicology and Brownfields
May 14-16, 2014 - Ancona, Italy
Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds
May 19-22, 2014 - Monterey, California
20th World Congress of Soil Science
June 08-13, 2014 - Jeju Island, Korea
7th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology
June 9-13, 2014 - Houston, Texas, United States of America
10th geoENV conference on geostatistics for environmental applications
July 9-11, 2014 - Paris, France
NORDROCS 2014 - 5th Nordic Joint Meeting on Remediation of Contaminated Sites
September 15-18, 2014 - Stockholm, Sweden
I2SM 2014 - International Symposium on Sediment Management
September 17-19, 2014 - Ferrara, Italy
SustRem 2014 - 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Remediation 2014
September 17-19, 2014 - Ferrara, Italy
ELS 2014 - The Earth Living Skin: Soil, Life and Climate Change
September 21-25, 2014 - Castellaneta Marina (TA), Italy
9th International Soil Science Congress on "The Soul of Soil and Civilization"
October 14-16, 2014 - Side, Antalya / Turkey
CABERNET 2014: Tailored & Sustainable Redevelopment towards Zero Brownfields
4th International Conference on Urban Land Management
In Association with the Final Conferences of the EU FP7 Projects “Greenland”, “HOMBRE” and “TIMBRE”
October 14-16, 2014 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
See all annoucements on COMMON FORUM website
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