Common Forum Newsletter nr. 59 - September 01st, 2016
by Dr. D. Darmendrail


Next CF meeting in Oslo, NO

CF meeting in Utrecht, NL

CF members turnover

What's new on CF website?

News from EC

News from NICOLE

News from SNOWMAN

ReLASC Network


Research Projects

News from US-EPA

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Books, articles & abstract proceedings of interest

Forthcoming events

Dear COMMON FORUM Colleagues,

We hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer break.
The Utrecht meeting report is now available. Thanks to all contributors.
During the Spring 2016 meeting, the COMMON FORUM approved the launch of a working group on “soil as a resource”. It will start, using the CF working model, with participants from the following countries which expressed interest in such activities: NL (acting as chair and secretary), BE (FL, WA), LU, UK, AT, FR and CH. The delegates can be the actual CF members or other persons from MS ministries or agencies (Agriculture, land planning, etc). Other MS are welcome to join. If interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Norway will host the Autumn 2016 meeting the 13 and 14 October 2016. The Oslo Meeting will give us new opportunities for discussing some remaining challenges on the European agenda, but also on technical and scientific issues.

COMMON FORUM secretariat and members will also contribute to important events (Bratislava 2016 Conference, REMTECH 2016 conference, EKOS 2016 conference) and promote key outcomes of our network.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Oslo.

Kind regards,




Next COMON FORUM Network meeting will be host by
Norvegian Environment Agency
in Oslo, Norway, the
13th and 14th of October 2016



Thank you to the COMMON FORUM menbers and special guests for their participation and for the fruitful discussion during the

meeting in Utrecht on
May 12th and 13th, 2016

The meeting report is now available.



Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:

From Countries:

  • Austria - March 2016:
    - Hans Bergthaler to replace Harald Kasamas
    Ministry for a Liveable Austria
  • France - January 2016:
    - Aurélien Gay to replace Aurélien Louis
    - Antoine Billard to replace Tina Léger
    French Ministry of the Environment , the Energy and the Sea
  • Slovakia - May 2016:
    - Roman Hangac to replace Zelmira Greifova
    Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic

See also: COMMON FORUM Members List



COMMON FORUM Questionnaires
Soil Screening Values

The COMMON FORUM website section about Questionnaires has been implemented with answers to a Swiss survey about Soil Screening Values.

This document is a compilation of 6 countries answers to question about the following topics:

  • derivation methods policy
  • subjects of protection (e.g. human health, wildlife health, soil ecology, etc.)
  • risk pathways, assessment of exposition and toxicological standards
  • modelisation

COMMON FORUM Publications
Scientific publications -
New website section

A new section of the COMMON FORUM website is now opened for scientific publications. At the moment, this section promotes two articles published in 2015 and 2016:

  • Integrating the Social Dimension in Remediation Decision-Making: State of the Practice and Way Forward (Remediation Journal Vol. 26, issue 1, page 11-42)
  • Comparison of international approaches to sustainable remediation (Journal of Environmental Management in press)



The Vienna soil declaration and the achievements of the IYS
Presentations are available and the document of declaration

Speakers from regional soil science societies (Africa, East and Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America), the IUSS Council, the chairs and vice-chairs of the IUSS Divisions, Commissions and Working Groups as well as several high level representatives from FAO, IAEA and partners were invited to discuss the achievements of the IYS and the future challenges in soil science as well as opportunities for international cooperation. In the course of this highly success­ful event, which attracted more than 120 participants from all over the world, a draft version of the Vienna Soil Declaration “Soil matters for humans and ecosystems” was adopted and the Inter­national Decade of Soils (2015-2024) proclaimed by Rainer Horn, IUSS President. The end of the International Decade of Soils coincides with the centennial anniversary of the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Source: European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC) Newsletter n°87 (Marche 2016)

Soils Stakeholders conference
December 5, 2016 - Brussels, Belgium

Registrations will be open in September.
More details, including the draft conference programme, will be available

The Directorate General for Environment of the European Commission organizes a 'Soils Stakeholders conference' in Brussels on 5 December 2016, 9:30 – 18:00. This event is a contribution of the European Commission to the World Soil Day 2016 aiming at raising awareness on the importance of soils and the ecosystem services that they deliver. It is also part of the implementation of the EU Soil Thematic Strategy.

The objective of this conference is to present the outcomes of the inventory and gap analysis of soil-related legislations at EU and Member states level, and the MAES Soil ecosystem services project. This will lead to a discussion on challenges and further policy developments with stakeholders.



NICOLE: Fall Workshop 2016 : Amsterdam
Looking back at the future - "Stepping into the new era of land and resource stewardship!"

3-4 November 2016 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

logoNicoleThis year the NICOLE network celebrates its twenty-year anniversary. It was founded in 1996 as an EU funded concerted action and nowadays it is a self-sustaining, vibrant network that supports safe and cost effective solutions for the management of industrially contaminated land.

The Amsterdam 20 year Workshop will aim to explore what is still needed for future contaminated land management in terms of land stewardship, best practice and knowledge development and transfer. Land stewardship will focus on management and protection of the values of land by sustainable practices. How we use and manage land should not affect nature nor the ability to sustain biodiversity and provide ecosystem services. Therefore, land management needs to focus on sustainable use of natural capital and resources. Our commitment to land stewardship in industrial areas’ includes managing and monitoring contaminated land and any other environmental matters to ensure the land can be effectively and efficiently used and / or returned to another use for long-term sustainable development of towns and cities. This also entails a continued effort to prevent new contamination. Sustainable practices are becoming more and more a daily practice but research and dissemination is still needed and it is in this regard that NICOLE can play a big role, both now and in the future.

Abstracts of papers are invited to be presented at the conference. Papers (presentations and posters) focusing upon case studies (non-technical) will be favoured; particularly those drawing out problems encountered, lessons learned and identified solutions.

Abstracts should be sent by September 2nd, 2016 to the NICOLE Secretariat.

Source: e-News NICOLE - Special Edition



Policy Briefs

The network steering group worked on the development of Policy briefs synthesizing the most salient results of 11 SNOWMAN projects. Five Policy briefs will be published in English and in French in 2016 starting with Agricultural soils : practices and transition pathways to improve ecosystem service provision built on the knowledge developed in the ECOSOM, SUSTAIN, RAISOILCOMP and SAS-STRAT projects.

The SNOWMAN landscape was updated. Already referencing 130 national and european projects, the landscape is more than ready to collect information to publicize your projects

Source: SNOWMAN Newsletter, December 2015



ReLASC - Red Latinoamerican de prevencion y gestion de Sitios Contaminados

logoOne of the objectives of the German Cooperation for Development in the Ministry of Environment of Peru, is to help strengthening the national contaminated site management system. In this context, the Latin-American Network on Contaminated Sites - ReLASC has been created.

ReLASC is a Regional network supported by public and private organizations which aims to promote production, dissemination and exchange of knowledge in the fiels of prevention, management and revitalization of contaminated sites.

Since November 2015, the Ministry of Environmet of Peru assumes the Presidency of the Management Committee and the headquarters of the Management Unit ReLASC.



RemTech Europe - European conference on remediation markets and technologies
by RemTech Expo, European Commission and JRC
Brochure - Programme (via

The aim of the Conference is to share information on knowledge, innovation and case histories, to encourage the development of remediation processes and the application of new and sustainable technologies, and to support the encounter between supplies and demands of available services and technologies, public and private. RemTech Europe will take every year a "picture" of the European market and the possible evolutionary trends.

The themes the Conference highlights, by involving all the leading European stakeholders, are regulations, current standards, fund raising, proven and innovative technologies, best practices introduced by some of the most important key players (public bodies and private companies). The “frontal” phase of the Conference will be followed by focused round tables with the customers and providers of services and technologies.

Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies
May 22-25 2017, Miami, Florida

Session on “International Perspectives on GSR”.
Consider submitting an abstract by 30 September
The Call for Abstracts and Technical Scope can be found on the Symposium website. Please review the Abstract Specifications & Submittal page for information on preparing and submitting abstracts. To ensure that your abstracts will be considered first for this session, on the submittal form in the “Submission Requested By” drop-down box, select the name of:

Professor Jonathan Smith, Shell Global Solutions (UK) Ltd
Professor Paul Nathanail, University of Nottingham

All abstracts are to be submitted via the online process—emailed abstracts will not be considered. For all prospective presenters:
1. Abstracts must be submitted through the online system.
Details can be found on the Abstract Specifications & Submittal page on the Symposium website.
2. Placement cannot be guaranteed.
Most platform sessions will have 4 to 6 platform slots. Additional abstracts appropriate for presentation in the session will be scheduled as posters.
3. All presenting authors and session chairs are expected to register and pay the standard fees.
This policy is necessary because registration fees are the major source of funding for the Symposium, and a significant percentage of registrants will make presentations or chair sessions. This statement appears in the Call for Abstracts and on the website, but it is possible that an invited speaker might incorrectly assume his or her registration fee will be waived.

Abstract Review Schedule. A response to any abstract submitted will be provided in January or February 2017.



INSPIRATION - INtegrated Spatial PlannIng, land use and soil management Research AcTION
Developing a Strategic Research Agenda

logo InspirationINSPIRATION is a coordinatio and support action funded by the European Commission in order to develop a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Europe on soil, land use and land management.

Funded by the European Horizon2020 programme, INSPIRATION aims at establishing a funder and end-user demand-driven Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for land use, land-use changes and soil management in Europe. With more than 20 partners from 17 countries, its objectives are to (1) formulate, consult on and revise an end-user oriented SRA; (2) scope out models of implementing this SRA; and (3) prepare a network of public and private funding institutions willing to commonly fund the execution of the SRA. The mission of the project is to improve the supply and effectiveness of science/knowledge take-up by those who really need it in order to address national and European societal challenges related to land management and the soil, sediment, water system. In this endeavour. For that a systematic bottom-up and stakeholder engagement approach is applied.

Source: SedNet eNewsletter May 2016

ICSHNet: A COST Action on Industrial Contaminated Sites and Health Effects

logo COSTHuman health in contaminated sites is multi-faceted at the level of problem framing, study design, methodology, analysis, interpretation of results and derivation of implications for policy and remediation. These dimensions are often addressed separately and this is one of the reasons why a comprehensive picture of the problem is lacking. The COST Action consists of a network of experts and institutions from different relevant disciplines and expertise (epidemiology, environmental sciences, toxicology, geography, policy, etc.) and with different mandates and institutional roles. The Action‘s activities will result in the collection, formulation and dissemination of information and advice on contaminated areas, environment and human health.

COMET - COordination and iMplementation of a pan European instrumenT for Radioecology

logoCometThe COMET project is funded by the EU as part of the 7th Framework programme until 2017. It had, at the time of the COMET launch, 13 consortium  partners from 11 countries. After and external call, RATE joined COMET.  COMET now has 20 partners from 15 countries. COMET will develop strong mechanisms for knowledge exchange and dissemination to enhance and maintain European capacity, competence and skills in radioecology. The consortium aims to improve and integrate research on the impact of radiation on man and the human food chain and on environment, particularly the protection of wildlife. They hope to achieve this by identifying, quantifying and evaluating the: 

  • exposure to environmental radioactivity of humans and other organisms 
  • potential biological effects and associated risks to wildlife for a wide range of environmental situations
  • effectiveness of mitigating measures suitable for responding to nuclear accidents and other contaminating events.



Technology News and Trends (EPA 542-N-15-002)

Greener cleanup best management practices (BMPs) can reduce the environmental footprint of activities involved in remediating contaminated sites. Each feature article in this issue of Technology News & Trends provides site-specific examples of footprint reductions addressing one or more of the five core elements of a greener cleanup as outlined in the U.S. EPA Principles for Greener Cleanups. The articles also highlight quantitative and qualitative improvements in project outcomes as a result of implementing the BMPs (Fall 2015).

Determination of the Biologically Relevant Sampling Depth for Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecological Risk Assessments
View or download via

Ecological risk assessors are frequently faced with the challenge of defining the biologically active zone, or biotic zone, in soils and sediments during the design and interpretation of soil and sediment sampling programs. With respect to terrestrial assessments, this study uses a meta-analysis approach to quantify the zone of highest biological activity for soil-dwelling ecological receptors commonly utilized in ecological risk assessments. For decisions related to ecological assessment or remediation in aquatic scenarios, we develop practical default values for the depth of the biotic zone (i.e., biologically relevant sampling depth) in various habitats based on the 80th percentile of abundance or biomass depth distributions. In areas populated by a high density of deep dwelling organisms such as those listed in this paper, the biotic zone may be somewhat deeper than our recommended values.

Source: TechDirect January 1, 2016

Superfund Research Program Research Brief 259: Phytostabilization of Mine Tailings with Compost-Assisted Direct Planting

Amending mine waste with compost is a viable and promising alternative to the expensive process of covering an entire site with a thick soil or rock cap followed by seeding, according to research from the University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) Center. A recent field study at the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site showed that adding amendments and seeds led to establishment of native plants and sustained growth on mine tailings over 4 years. The trial was based on successful results from preliminary greenhouse studies, which scaled effectively to the field.

Source: TechDirect August 1, 2016



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: 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.



MAGPlan - Clean groundwater for Stuttgart
Project Summary - February 15, 2016
(PDF file - 3 557 KB)
Layman's report
(PDF file - 4 395 KB)

CouvertureMagplanCouvertureLayman'sreportManagement plan to prevent threats from point sources on the good chemical status of groundwater in urban areas The MAGPlan project was developed as an exemplary integral management plan for the reduction of CHC input from contaminated sites in the Stuttgart mineral springs and spas. The mineral water resource is the second largest in Europe and is subject to special protection.

Dealing with Contaminated Land in England
Download via
April 2016, 24 pages - © Environment Agency 2016

This Environment Agency report gives an overview of the findings of a survey commissioned by Defra in 2014 about contaminated land activity in England. The report documents progress made in particular on identifying and remediating contaminated land sites. It uses information submitted by 197 of 326 local councils (60%) in England.

Source: TechDirect, July 1, 2016

SR2008 No 27: Mobile Plant for the Treatment of Soils and Contaminated Material, Substances or Products
View or download via
First published: 9 August 2012 - Last updated: 14 December 2015,

coverUpdated by the UK's Environment Agency in 2015, this document lists standard rules to operate a mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products and includes a link to the deployment form.

Source: TechDirect January 1, 2016

Characterization, Modeling, Monitoring, and Remediation of Fractured Rock
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National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2015. doi:10.17226/21742

coverThis report examines the state of practice and state of art in the characterization of fractured rock and the chemical and biological processes related to subsurface contaminant fate and transport. Many new characterization tools have been developed in the last 20 years along with a greater appreciation for the importance of chemical and biological processes that can occur in the fractured rock environment. The findings of this report are particularly applicable to engineered repositories for buried or stored waste and to fractured rock sites that have been contaminated as a result of past disposal or other practices (2015, 244 pages).

Source: TechDirect January 1, 2016



Remediated Sites and Brownfields – Success Stories in Europe
Download PDF file from
JRC98077 - EUR 27530 EN
ISBN 978-92-79-52797-5 (PDF) - ISBN 978-92-79-52796-8 (print)
ISSN 1831-9424 (online) - ISSN 1018-5593 (print)
doi:102788/406096 (online) - doi:102788/01889 (print)

This document is published at the initiative of the Eionet National Reference Centres for Soil, which established in 2015 an ad-hoc working group on contaminated sites and brownfields in Europe. The objective was to collect cases and successful stories of remediated sites and brownfields, harmonise and facilitate exchanges of information on contaminated soils and soil remediation between the Eionet contributing countries. These stories have been compiled in the present report as a publication to the International Year of Soil 2015. It aims to contribute to a better understanding of the remediation of contaminated sites and brownfields rehabilitation which is essential for sustainable land use management and to share best practices and new techniques in soil remediation and management of contaminated sites, meanwhile raising awareness of the enormous efforts needed to succeed.

Mapping and assessing the condition of Europe's ecosystems: progress and challenges
ISSN 1977-8449


We depend on healthy and resilient ecosystems to continue to deliver services, such as food, water, clean air and stable climate, which are essential for our well-being. This report provides an overview about the current condition of ecosystmes in Europe and the human pressures they are exposed to. An ecosystem map for Europe reveals that many ecosystems are highly concentrated in a small number of countries, which could increase their vulnerability to environmental change, and a substantial proportion of the most vulnerable exosystems are not protected within Natura 2000 sites, Marine Protected Areas or equivalent zones.

Future Brief - No net land take by 2050?
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KH-BB-15-003-EN-N - April 2016 - Issue 14
ISBN 978-92-79-45739-5 - ISSN 2363-278X
DOI 10.2779/537195


This Future Brief focuses on how land and soil could be used efficiently to continue to provide these functions and services for generations to come.

CL:AIRE publishes Asbestos in Soil Guidance - CAR-SOIL
ISBN 978-1-905046-30-0. © CL:AIRE 2016

coverCL:AIRE is delighted to announce the publication of the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition (C&D) Materials guidance titled “Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012: Interpretation for Managing and Working with Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition materials: Industry Guidance (shortened name CAR-SOIL)”.

Integrating the Social Dimension in Remediation Decision-Making: State of the Practice and Way Forward
Remediation Journal - Volume 26, Issue 1, Winter 2015, Pages 11-42
DOI: 10.1002/rem.21447View

2016 APEX Award Winning Article

cover"The winning article, which was published in the Winter 2015 issue, may be the most authoritative publication on the social aspect of sustainable remediation. The article focuses on three areas: 1) the current assessment techniques for the social aspect of remediation; 2) qualitative and quantitative methodologies to evaluate societal impacts; and, 3) a summary of research findings that discusses the challenges, obstacles, and a proposed path forward for incorporating social issues into cleanups. The article provides unique insight into the social aspects of sustainable remediation."
Exerpt of comments from: Wiley Online Library - Remediation Journal



9th International Conference on Interfaces Against Pollution
September 04-07, 2016 - Lleida, Spain

NORDROCS 2016 - 6th Joint Nordic Meeting on Remediation of Contaminated Sites - International Conference
September 05-08, 2016 - Espoo, Finland

GEOSTATS 2016 - 10th International Geostatistics Congress
September 05-09, 2016 - Valencia, Spain

1st International Conference on Risk Assessment of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
September 8-9, 2016 - Paris - France

International Conference Contaminated Sites 2016
September 12-13, 2016 - Bratislavia, Slovak Republic

18th International Conference on Heavy Metals in the Environment - ICHMET 2016
September 12-15, 2016 - Ghent, Belgium

REMTECH EUROPE 2016 - International Conference on Remediation Technologies and Requalification of the Territory
September 22, 2016 - Ferrara, Italy

43rd IAH International Congress " Groundwater and Society: 60 years of IAH"
September 25-29, 2016 - Montpellier, France

10th International Conference on Remediation and Revitalization of Contaminated Sites 2016
September 28-29, 2016 - São Paulo, Brazil

Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Sustainable Remediation and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water (CSME-2016)

Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for In-Situ Treatment Soil and Groundwater (ORTs-2016)
October 10-12, 2016 - Vienna, Austria

Cleanup China Conference
Brownfield Contaminants and the Environment Remediation in China

October 25-28, 2016 - Beijing, China

International Conference on Integrated Environmental Management for Sustainable Development
October 27-30, 2016 - Sousse, Tunisia

NICOLE: Fall Workshop 2016
Looking back at the future –"Stepping into the new era of land and resource stewardship!"

November 03-04, 2016 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

IPEC 23 - Petroleum Environmental Issues & Solution in Exploration, Production, Refining and Distribution
November 08-10 , 2016 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United-States of America

Advances in Oxidation and Reduction Technologies for Remediation of DNAPL, LNAPL and Various Organic and Inorganic Contaminants (AORT)

22nd International Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies for Treatment of Water, Air and Soil (AOTs-22)
November 13-17, 2016 - Atlanta, Georgia, United-States of America

NanoRem Final Conference
Nanoremediation for Soil and Groundwater Clean-up - Possibilities and Future Trends

November 21, 2016 - Frankfurt am Main, Germany
More information via

EU-China Workshop on Soil Pollution
November 25, 2016 - Beijing, China
More information via

'Soils Stakeholders' - European Commission conference
December 05, 2016 - Brussels, Belgium

Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments
January 09-12, 2017 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United-States of America

Intersol'2017 - International Conference-Exhibition on Soils, Sediments and Water
14-16 mars 2017, Lyon, France

SETAC Europe - 27th Annual Meeting, Brussels, Belgium
May 07-11, 2017 - Brussels, Belgium

Fourth International Symposium on Bioremediation and Sustainable Environmental Technologies
May 22-25, 2017 - Miami, Florida, United-States of America

AquaConSoil Lyon 2017
Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources

June 26-30, 2017 - Lyon, France

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