Common Forum Newsletter nr. 57 - August 11th, 2015
by Dr. D. Darmendrail


Next CF meeting in Melbourne, AUS

CF meeting in Copenhagen, DK

CF members turnover

What's new on CF website?

CF partener of SUSTREM2016

News from ICCL

News from European Commission

News from NICOLE

Globa Soil Week

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Books, articles & abstract proceedings of interest

Forthcoming events


Dear Colleagues,

Spring 2015 Meeting has been fruitful on several important issues (the State of the play of EU Soil and Land Policy, the evolution of the EIONET indicator on contaminated land management, the contribution of Common Forum to ISO/CEN activities). We also exchanged on Research and Innovation issues and on how to co-create new knowledge. Meeting presentations and photos are now available. The meeting report is under review by the different contributors and will be soon uploaded on the network website.

We will now shortly meet in September 2015 in Melbourne (Australia), back to back to the ICCL meeting and the ICCL Workshop (open to the other stakeholders) which will be included in the CLEAN-UP Conference. This year, the main topics to be discussed will be:

  1. Contaminated Site Remediation / Legal, Technical, Finance and social issues
  2. Common ground for Sustainable Remediation
  3. Emerging contaminants
  4. Collaborative regeneration of land / Brownfield redevelopment (topic for the ICCL 2015 survey)

After this meeting at the international level, A couple of important events will also take place with contributions of COMMON FORUM members:

  • The ECHA workshop on soil risk assessment (Helsinki, 7 – 8 October 2015)
  • The IMPEL Soil Conference (Milano, 7 – 8 October 2015)
  • The second meeting of EIONET on the evolution of the contaminated sites management indicator (Copenhagen, 14 October 2015)….
  • The Soil Expert Group launched by the European Commission (Ispra, 19 October 2015).

A lot of important discussions on topics of concern! So Enjoy the Summer time and talk to you very soon.

Kind regards,




Next COMMON FORUM meeting will be held
in Melbourne, Australia, on

September 9, 2015- 1:00-5:00 pm

back to back to the
12th meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land
(10-11 September 2015)



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

meeting in Copenhaguen on May 12-13, 2015.

The presentations are now available.
The meeting report is under review by the different speakers.



Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:

From Guest Organisations:

  • European Commision - January 2015:
    Josiane Masson to replace Luca Marmo

See also: COMMON FORUM Members List



Section about Questionnaire on Implementation of Environmental Liability Directive updated

The COMMON FORUM website section about the questionnaire on the Implementation of Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) has been updated with a link towards a page of the European Commission website.

This page about environmental liability provides information on the ELD:

  • Commission information
  • Member State reports on the experience gained in the application of the Directive
  • ELD studies
  • ELD stakeholder contacts and exchange
  • ELD information
  • Trainings on the ELD
  • Information about the biodiversity baseline condition
  • ELD government experts group
  • National legislation, guidance and website
  • Useful links



4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation (SustRem)
April 26-28, 2016 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Following the success of the first three SustRem events in Copenhagen, Vienna and Ferrara, SuRF Canada is proud to be hosting the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation (SustRem), which is being held in 2016 for the first time in North America. The 2016 SustRem Conference aims to stimulate international exchange by providing a venue for public, private, and academic sectors to share experiences and perspectives on how contaminated sites can be remediated with a smaller overall footprint and more positive outcomes, and how their reuse can contribute to a more sustainable land development.

Call for abstract
(PDF file - 1 071 KB)

COMMON FORUM is proud to support SustRem2016.



12th meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land

The 12th ICCL meeting wil be held in Melbourne on 10-11 September 2015

The four themes of the 12th meeting are as follows:

  1. Contaminated Site Remediation / Legal, Technical, Finance and social issues
  2. Common ground for Sustainable Remediation
  3. Emerging contaminants
  4. Collaborative regeneration of land



IMPEL study confirms that significant challenges remain in implementing EU environmental law

IMPEL has published research that examined some of the remaining challenges in implementing EU environmental law and how IMPEL could help to overcome them. The study includes an analysis of responses from environmental regulators across Europe on implementation challenges that they are facing. The project highlights a number of practical challenges that remain such as: hazardous waste; an integrated regulatory approach to the agriculture sector; permitting of installations to reflect Industrial Emissions Directive requirements (BAT Conclusions) and air quality standards; inspections and enforcement related to Birds and Habitats Directives and the Water Framework Directive.

Working on the differences between industrial regulations

Environmental regulation agencies across Europe are working on the implementation of the Industrial Emission Directive (IED). It is sometimes difficult to understand all requirements in the directive. At the same time many industries are multinationals, operating across Europe. These industries are expected to work under similar conditions, which at present, is not always the case. The new IMPEL project: ‘Supporting IED Implementation’, works on developing a more general understanding of the Directive. Horst Büther (Köln, Germany), project leader of the project, sees an important gap. ‘Permittors and inspectors in Europe have to work together to understand the different ways of regulating industry. These differences in regulatory activities are not a problem as such, but it should not lead to big differences in the impact of industries on the environment. This project is about reducing the gap’. An interesting question is whether this will lead to a shared understanding of the required level. Is there a level playing field across Europe? This project starts with three smaller questions on the shared understanding. These are: (1) what are the main dilemmas of publication of inspection results; (2) what to do with a bankrupt company; and (3) how to define levels of non-compliance exactly? The discussion of the questions leads to an overview of the differences, a best-practice approach and a work programme for better implementation of the regulation. It is good that experienced regulators come together to share their expertise, and see different approaches in visits of the regulators of other work places. The first activity of the project was a meeting in Bremen. There, Horst saw an increased attention from public and politicians. ‘Our project was reported on by local news in Bremen with supportive comments by the Senator for Environment. We got many good reactions on the broadcast news. It showed that industry do have rights and obligations in all European countries. It also showed that the public have the right to know what is happening. And that’s what we are working for: similar approach to industry in Europe and improved public information’. This project will run for more than one year.
Source: European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law
IMPEL Newsletter - Issue #5 - April 2015



New working group - Operational Window of Remediation Technologies

From time to time the remediation performance does not fulfil the expectations. Even well-established technologies like bioremediation or in-situ chemical oxidation (ISCO) may fail in achieving more than one order of magnitude contaminant reduction if not applied under the appropriate conditions. Failing the right operational window may result in a low remediation success, expressed as Order of Magnitude. Furthermore it is astonishing that even thermal treatment technologies which claim to be highly efficient may fail in some cases. The working group will elaborate appropriate operational windows with the aim of substantial cost savings in remediation business.

Dr Thomas Held at Arcadis Deutschland GmbH will be the chair of this new Working Group. He will present more details on this WG at the SPG and ISG meetings in Manchester on 24 June. We will appreciate if there could be a ISG member to volunteer to co-chair with Thomas Held for this WG.

Source: NICOLE E-News June 2015

Environmental Liability Directive: Implementation, experiences and national case studies 
4 - 6 November 2015 at Solvay - Brussels, Belgium 

Abstract submission:
Authors are required to submit a one page abstract on the paper they would like to present, together with a brief outline of the structure of the paper (up to 6 bullet points) and a short biography. Abstracts should be submitted to the NICOLE Secretariat by 21st August 2015 and should indicate whether they are intended as an oral or poster presentation    

Please feel free to contact the chair of the workshop (Phil Crowcroft) or NICOLE Secretariat.

We intend to use the Autumn workshop in Brussels, Belgium to bring together a range of perspectives on the regime, through both oral and/or poster sessions on the following:

  • Current Status of ELD – with a keynote presentation from the European Commission, and review of potential for changes to the Directive;
  • Relative use of ELD alongside or instead of other National Legislation – considering how the regime is used directly, or whether some MS have preferred to use existing legislation instead of ELD, and why this might be preferred by them;
  • Defining baselines – availability of existing data and use – looking at the need for and challenge of defining ecological and chemical baselines, and whether surrogate baseline data may realistically be used;
  • Significant harm – what is meant by this, and how it is being interpreted in different MS, and whether the uncertainty of definition is holding back the application of the Directive;
  • Approaches to remediation – balancing the application of primary remediation with the positive and negative perspectives on use of complimentary and compensatory remediation, and successful case studies; and
Evaluating harm and the cost of harm to society – including the ways in which harm may have been evaluated in different sites, and whether environmental harm should be monetarised.

Source: NICOLE E-News August 2015



Dialogue Session – European initiative on land as a resource: cross national strategies for soil protection and land use

This session aims to contribute to a better understanding of the essential connection between land and soil policy and real environmental concerns and discuss a better way forward for policy implementation, monitoring and accountability. Land and soil are crucial to solving the societal issues facing the EU and the international community, e.g. climate change, biodiversity loss, energy transition, food security. A promising strategy needs comprehensive and integrated approaches.

The dialogue session is designed to collect and discuss new ideas regarding cross-national strategies for soil protection and land use. This dialogue will reflect relevant stakeholder perspectives, presenting experiences from different regional scales, good practices and new approaches to regulation. The session will focus in particular on the following subjects:

  • How to go further with a European strategy on land & soil?
  • “Zero soil loss?” Political, environmental and economic opportunities for conserving/improving soils and fostering food security.
  • How to measure land-use efficiency at different scales

One objective will be to compare and discuss methods in relation to expectations and applicability at different scales and perspectives. European experts will present their evaluation of approaches and methods to measure land-use efficiency. This will take into account the different experiences and backgrounds of the participants. The outcome is expected to be an assessment of the applicability and linking of the proposed methods at different scales. Finally, results will be compared with the expectations formulated for the implementation of a future EU land and soil policy.



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.



CABERNET 2014 conference Presentations & Proceedings

CABERNET 2014 Conference was held on 14-16th October 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Presentations & proceedings of the event can be downloaded.

International Year of Soils 2015 – Soil Atlas: Facts and figures about earth, land and fields

2015 is the International Year of Soils, a special opportunity for us all to further the goal of soil protection. This Soil Atlas, published today, shows why soils should concern us all and what can be successfully achieved by determined people and organisations.

The Atlas is published by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in co-operation with the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Friends of the Earth Germany and Le Monde diplomatique. It is  available in English and German (including graphic download).  It will also be made available at the European Commission’s soil webpage, promoting the sustainability of this limited and life sustaining natural resource.

Source: European Commission

Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management
PVI-1, 2014

The ITRC Technical and Regulatory Guidance Web-Based Document, Petroleum Vapor Intrusion: Fundamentals of Screening, Investigation, and Management (PVI-1, 2014) and this associated Internet-based training provides regulators and practitioners with consensus information based on empirical data and recent research to support PVI decision making under different regulatory frameworks. The PVI assessment strategy described in this guidance document enables confident decision making that protects human health for various types of petroleum sites and multiple PHC compounds. This guidance provides a comprehensive methodology for screening, investigating, and managing potential PVI sites and is intended to promote the efficient use of resources and increase confidence in decision making when evaluating the potential for vapor intrusion at petroleum-contaminated sites. By using the ITRC guidance document, the vapor intrusion pathway can be eliminated from further investigation at many sites where soil or groundwater is contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons or where LNAPL is present.

After attending this ITRC Internet-based training, participants should be able to:

  • Determine when and how to use the ITRC PVI document at their sites
  • Describe the important role of biodegradation impacts on the PVI pathway (in contrast to chlorinated solvent contaminated sites)
  • Value a PVI conceptual site model (CSM) and list its key components
  • Apply the ITRC PVI 8 step decision process to screen sites for the PVI pathway and determine actions to take if a site does not initially screen out,(e.g., site investigation, modeling, and vapor control and site management)
  • Access fact sheets to support community engagement activities at each step in the process
Source: ITRC

Alternatives for Managing the Nation’s Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites
Committee on Future Options for Management in the Nation's Subsurface Remediation Effort; Water Science and Technology Board; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research
CouncilEarth Sciences - Environment and Environmental Studies

Across the United States, thousands of hazardous waste sites are contaminated with chemicals that prevent the underlying groundwater from meeting drinking water standards. These include Superfund sites and other facilities that handle and dispose of hazardous waste, active and inactive dry cleaners, and leaking underground storage tanks; many are at federal facilities such as military installations. While many sites have been closed over the past 30 years through cleanup programs run by the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. EPA, and other state and federal agencies, the remaining caseload is much more difficult to address because the nature of the contamination and subsurface conditions make it difficult to achieve drinking water standards in the affected groundwater.

Alternatives for Managing the Nation's Complex Contaminated Groundwater Sites estimates that at least 126,000 sites across the U.S. still have contaminated groundwater, and their closure is expected to cost at least $110 billion to $127 billion. About 10 percent of these sites are considered "complex," meaning restoration is unlikely to be achieved in the next 50 to 100 years due to technological limitations. At sites where contaminant concentrations have plateaued at levels above cleanup goals despite active efforts, the report recommends evaluating whether the sites should transition to long-term management, where risks would be monitored and harmful exposures prevented, but at reduced costs.



Illustrated handbook of LNAPL transport and fate in the subsurface

The LNAPL illustrated handbook presents best-practice guidance for the assessment and remediation of light non-aqueous phase liquids (LNAPLs) in the subsurface. LNAPLs notably include fuels and oils, for example petrol (gasoline), diesel and heating oils, and are amongst the most commonly encountered organic contaminants in the subsurface environment due to their ubiquitous use, accidental release and, perhaps, poor (historical) disposal. Central to the handbook and the management of risks posed is the development of conceptual models of LNAPL behaviour in common hydrogeological systems.

The LNAPL illustrated handbook provides a blend of technical detail and real world conceptualisation of the LNAPL problem and appropriate methods to investigate and manage it. The handbook also facilitates access to a wealth of detailed research, guidance and case study literature within the various topics covered. It will be useful to the practitioner and research communities, and also provide a valuable educational resource to others having a less direct interest or specialised knowledge.

Soil in State of the Environment Report

The ability of soil to deliver ecosystem services — in terms of food production, as biodiversity pools and as a regulator of gasses, water and nutrients — is under increasing pressure. Observed rates of soil sealing, erosion, contamination and decline in organic matter all reduce soil capability. Organic carbon stocks in agricultural soil may have been overestimated by 25%. A coherent soil policy at EU level would provide the framework to coordinate efforts to survey soil status adequately.

The synthesis report informs future European environmental policy in general and its implementation between 2015 and 2020 in particular. It includes a reflection on the European environment in a global context, as well as chapters summarising the state of, trends in, and prospects for the environment in Europe.

September 24, 2014 - by CRC Press
Reference - 887 Pages - 340 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466512245 - CAT# K14884

The world’s fresh water supplies are dwindling rapidly even wastewater is now considered an asset. By 2025, most of the world's population will be facing serious water stresses and shortages. Aquananotechnology: Global Prospects breaks new ground with its informative and innovative introduction of the application of nanotechnology to the remediation of contaminated water for drinking and industrial use. It provides a comprehensive overview, from a global perspective, of the latest research and developments in the use of nanotechnology for water purification and desalination methods.

The book also covers approaches to remediation such as high surface area nanoscale media for adsorption of toxic species, UV treatment of pathogens, and regeneration of saturated media with applications in municipal water supplies, produced water from fracking, ballast water, and more. It also discusses membranes, desalination, sensing, engineered polymers, magnetic nanomaterials, electrospun nanofibers, photocatalysis, endocrine disruptors, and Al13 clusters. It explores physics-based phenomena such as subcritical water and cavitation-induced sonoluminescence, and fog harvesting.

With contributions from experts in developed and developing countries, including those with severe contamination, such as China, India, and Pakistan, the book’s content spans a wide range of the subject areas that fall under the aquananotechnology banner, either squarely or tangentially. The book strongly emphasizes sorption media, with broad application to a myriad of contaminants—both geogenic and anthropogenic—keeping in mind that it is not enough for water to be potable, it must also be palatable.



Wageningen Soil Conference 2015
August 23-27 - Wageningen, The Netherlands
Organisation: WUR, UVA

NANO 2015 - International Conference on the Environmental Effects of Nanoparticles and Nanomaterials
September 6-10, 2015 - Vienna, Austria
Organisation: Vienna University

RAMIRAN 2015 - 16th International Conference Rural-Urban Symbiosis
September 8-10, 2015 - Hamburg, Germany

Italy 2015 - Landscapes of the Great War: imagination, representation, experience
September 10-12, 2015 - Trento, Italy
Organisation: International Society for the First World War Studies

‘CleanUp 2015’ - 6th International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference
September 13-16, 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
Organisation: CRC Care

SUITMA - 8th International Conference of the Working Group on Soils in Urban, Industrial, Traffic and Mining Areas
September 20-25, 2015 - Mexico, Mexico

11th International Meeting on Applied Isotope Geochemistry
September 21-25 - Orléans, France
Organisation: BRGM

REMTECH2015 - 9th Remediation Technologies and Requalification of Territory Exhibition
September 23-25 - Ferrara, Italy
Organisation: Ferrara Fiere Congressi, BolognaFiere Group

9th International SedNet Conference
September 23-26 - Krakow, Poland

9th International Conference Innovative solutions for revitalisation of degraded areas
October 6-8 - Chorzów, Pologne
Organisation: The Research and Supervisory Center of Underground Mining Co. Ltd., Ledziny, Poland - Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland

2015 IMPEL Soil Conference
“Many Soil Functions, many reasons to protect it”
October 7-8 - Milano, Italy
Organisation: European Union Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law - IMPEL

CSME 2015 - Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Sustainable Remediation and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water
October 19-21 - Brusssels, Belgium

13th HCH & Pesticides Forum, 20 years after the 3rd Forum in Bilbao:
the legacy of the lindane production in Spain and “Lessons learned”

November 3-6 - Zaragoza, Spain
Organisation: International Consortium

Environmental Liability Directive: Implementation, experience and national case studies
November 4-6 - Brussels, Belgium
Organisation: NICOLE

MGP Symposium - Sixth international symposium and exhibition on the redevelopment of manufactured gas plant sites
November 8-10 - Ghent, Belgium

2015 Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Sustainable Remediation and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water (CSME-2015)
November 16, 2015 - San Diego, California, United-States of America
Organisation: Redox Technologies, Inc

IPEC 2015 - 22nd International Petroleum Environmental Conference
Environmental Issues and Solutions in Exploration, Production, Refining & Distribution of Petroelum

November 17-19, 2015 - Denver, Colorado, United-States of America
Organisation: University of Oklahoma, University of Arkansas, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma State University

4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation
April 26-28, 2016 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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