Common Forum Newsletter nr. 54 - March 05th, 2014
by Dr. D. Darmendrail


Next CF meeting in Berlin, DE

Joint NICOLE-CF Workshop 2014


CF Members turnover

News from European Commission

News from EEA

News from CL:AIRE

News from CABERNET

News from SedNet

New from CIRCUSE

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Books, articles & abstract proceedings of interest

International year of soils

Forthcoming events


Dear Colleagues,

Mid May, the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety will host the Common Forum Spring 2014 meeting and, back to Back, the CF–NICOLE Joint workshop on “A European policy framework on contaminated land: Enabling integrated land management and promoting sustainability”.

This will give us new opportunities for discussing some remaining challenges on the European agenda, but also on technical and scientific issues.

Please do not hesitate to contact me for amending the CF meeting draft agenda and to register.

Hoping that you will be able to attend the Berlin events,


Kind regards



The next
will be held in BERLIN, Germany,

on 15–16 May 2014

Draft Agenda and registration form are now available.



A European policy framework on contaminated land Enabling integrated land management
and promoting sustainability

Berlin, Germany, 15-16 May 2014

In cooperation with German Federal ministry
for the Environment, Nature Conservation,
Building and Nuclear Safety

The members of the COMMON FORUM and NICOLE share a commitment towards responsible contaminated land management. In the First Joint Workshop of NICOLE and COMMON FORUM in Trieste in 2010 discussion showed a lot of common concerns on some new regulations and a global consensus for an integrated implementation at national & regional scales. In fact the views at a technical level tend to be remarkably consistent.  It is therefore very important that we continue to collaborate and continue to influence the development of contaminated land management legislation, policy and practice across Europe.

NICOLE and Common Forum are proud to announce the Second Joint Workshop on 15 and 16th May 2014 in Berlin, with the title "A European policy framework on contaminated land: Enabling integrated land management and promoting sustainability".



Our Lithuanian Colleague, Kestutis Kadunas, has been designated as the most "enlightened person" in sphere of environment in 2014.

We will like to support this recognition: Congratulations, Kestutis. We appreciate your dedication to the Contaminated sites management in your country and beyond via our network.





Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:

  • Norway - January 2014. Thomas Hartnik in support to Kine Martinsen, Norvegian Environment Agency.

See also: COMMON FORUM Members List



Progress in the Management of Contaminated Sites in Europe
Van Liedekerke M., Prokop G., Rabl-Berger S., Kibblewhite M., Louwagie G. (2014)
EUR 26376, doi 10.2788/4658

The JRC has published a Reference Report led by the IES, which presents the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. This report aims to support the EU Soil Thematic Strategy.

In order to track the progress of the management of contaminated sites, the new report summarises the information obtained from National Reference Centres for Soil that belong to the European Environment Information and Observation Network (EIONET).






Negotiated procedures for low value contracts (EUR 15,000 - EUR 60,000)

The European Environment Agency ( has launched a pre-information notice regarding negotiated procedures. Interested candidates can find more details at the EEA website and can register their interest.

Reference Title Scheduled date for registration of interest
EEA/NSV/14/004 Policy evaluation - evaluation of EU policies and their direct en indirect impact on land use/take
10 March 2014
EEA/NSV/14/005 Technical support to EEA on biodiversity in Europe overseas
12 March 2014



CL:AIRE Conference Early Notification - In Situ Remediation 2014

2 day conference to be held at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London in first week of September 2014.

A Call for Abstracts will be released shortly for presentations and posters within the following 6 themes:

  • Urban groundwater contamination and emerging contaminants – investigation, monitoring and management
  • Natural attenuation and engineered in situ bioremediation
  • Fate and transport of contaminants in the vadose zone
  • Novel methods for the assessment of in situ remediation processes and performance
  • Permeable reactive barriers, in situ chemical oxidation, enhanced abiotic and thermal treatment technologies
  • Sustainability assessments of in situ remediation technologies, including economic aspects and feasibility studies.

Source: CL:AIRE eAlert December 2013

JIWG Asbestos in Soil - News Update

The latest Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) minutes from the main meeting held on 9th October are now available (for members only).

Also the minutes from the Regulators meeting held on the 1st October 2013 are available (for members only).

Source: CL:AIRE eAlert January 2014



Tailored & Sustainable Redevelopment towards Zero Brownfields

4th International Conference on Managing Urban Land

Cabernet in association with the Final Conference of the EU FP7 Project “HOMBRE
and in cooperation with the EU FP 7 Projects
GLOCOM”, “Greenland” and “TIMBRE”.

14th - 16th October 2014, Frankfurt am Main, Germany


  1. Integrated urban land management and policies
  2. Economic, social and environmental instruments for land use management
  3. Innovative technologies and management tools for land revitalization
  4. Best practice and case studies
The conference is co-funded by projects within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission.



Several SedNet news on Working Group and Dutch Guidance Document
See complete articles on: SedNet News Letter - Decembre 2013

WG Sediment Science and Policy Interfacing (SSPI)

The During the SedNet conference in Lisbon a kick-off meeting was held of a new Working Group initiative on Sediment Science & Policy Interfacing....

WG Sediments in a changing environment
Another Working Group initiative during the SedNet conference was on Sediments in a changing environment....

WG Beneficial use of Dredged Material
In The third Working Group that met during the 8th International SedNet Conference in Lisbon, discussed the beneficial use of dredged material (DM)...

Dutch Guidance Document for Sediment Assessment available in English - Helpdesk Water
The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) requires a program of measures in order to achieve a good chemical and ecological state of river basins in 2027...



Circular Flow Land Use Management (CircUse)

A number of illustrations resulted from the EU project CIRCUSE (about soil protection and land management) which terminated in August 2013 ( and was co-financed by the ERDF. In order to support European soil awareness, the illustrations have been produced in 29  languages (available in A4 format and as Posters).

Source: European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No 61 (January 2014)



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.



White Paper on PCBS in the Built Environment
American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), 57 pp, 2013
Download from

PCBs can emanate from PCB-containing products in building environments in both vapor and particulate form. Secondary sources of PCBs, such as caulk or light ballasts, can contribute to the overall exposures. Building owners and occupants may be unaware of the existence of these materials and their potential hazards.

Due to a lack of data on potential exposures from sources in the built environment, it is not clear what the risk from these PCB-containing building materials is when compared to other PCB exposures (e.g., diet). This white paper 1) provides an overview of currently available information pertaining to PCBs in construction materials; 2) evaluates the exposure potential for building occupants and maintenance and construction personnel; and 3) identifies gaps in the current knowledge concerning the risk to public health from PCBs in building materials.

Source: TechDirect, March 1, 2014

Introduction to In Situ Bioremediation of Groundwater
EPA 542-R-13-018 - December 2013, 86 pages
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In situ bioremediation (ISB) of groundwater involves the encouragement of indigenous bacterial populations to metabolize target contaminants through the addition of various amendments (biostimulation) to the subsurface environment. In addition to amendments, select strains of bacteria may be added to the subsurface to help treat some sites (bioaugmentation).

Bacteria perform coupled oxidation/reduction (redox) reactions to live, and bioremediation exploits these reactions to remove contaminants from contaminated media (soil, air, or groundwater). Bacteria can use different electron acceptors (oxidized compounds) and donors (reduced compounds) in the three major oxidation pathwaysaerobic respiration, anaerobic respiration, and fermentation. ISB can use all of these pathways, and contaminant degradation may occur through direct metabolism, cometabolism, or abiotic transformations that may result from biological activities. This report is intended for U.S. EPA and state agency site managers and may serve as a reference to designers and practitioners.

Source: TechDirect, March 1, 2014

Green Remediation Best Management Practices: Materials and Waste Management
EPA 542-F-13-003 - December 2013, 4 pages
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The process of cleaning up a contaminated site often involves purchasing and consuming large volumes of manufactured items as well as raw or processed resources. Site cleanup can also generate significant volumes of waste that could be recycled or salvaged for reuse rather than disposed of at landfills. To help cleanup decision-makers reduce environmental footprints associated with materials and waste, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a new "green remediation BMP" fact sheet on materials and waste management. The best management practices (BMPs) involve various approaches to purchasing greener products and expanding capability for material reuse or recycling rather than disposal.

Source: TechDirect, January 1, 2014

2013 Fall Update of the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites

The 2013 Fall update to the Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) for Chemical Contaminants at Superfund Sites is complete. The RSLs are a merger of the EPA Region 3 Risk-Based Concentration (RBC) Table, Region 6 Human Health Medium-Specific Screening Levels (HHMSSL) Table and the Region 9 Preliminary Remediation Goals (PRG) Table. Screening levels for every EPA region are available on the RSL website. The RSL tables provide comparison values for residential and commercial/industrial exposures to soil, air, and tapwater (drinking water). The unified use of the RSLs to screen chemicals at Superfund sites promotes national consistency. The update includes risk-based screening levels that were calculated using the latest toxicity values, default exposure assumptions and physical and chemical properties, and a calculator where default parameters can be changed to reflect site-specific risks.

Source: TechDirect, January 1, 2014

Assessing Global Land Use: Balancing Consumption with Sustainable Supply
A Report of the Working Group on Land and Soils of the International Resource Panel.

Bringezu S., Schütz H., Pengue W., O'Brien M., Garcia F., Sims R., Howarth R., Kauppi L., Swilling M., and Herrick J.
UNEP DTIE - Sustainable Consumption and Production Branch
Job Number: DTI/1658/PA - 2014
ISBN: 978-92-807-3330-3
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Global cropland is expanding. Changing trends in both the production and consumption of land-based products are increasing pressure on land resources across the globe.

This report discusses the need and options to balance consumption with sustainable production. It focuses on land-based products (food, fuels, and fibre) and describes methods which enable countries to determine whether their consumption levels exceed sustainable supply capacities. Strategies and measures are outlined which will allow adjusting the policy framework to balance consumption with these capacities.



Key messages 12th International HCH & Pesticides Forum
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The outcome of the Resolution 12th International HCH & Pesticides Forum held from 6-8 November 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine is published.

The forum has been a great success for all and organizers hope that the resolution has created a good foundation for the future elimination of all obsolete and POPs pesticides in the region of the Former Soviet Union.



Draft United Nations resolution A/C.2/68/L.21

The 68th United Nations General Assembly has designated the 5th of December as World Soil Day and declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils. The FAO Global Soil Partnership (GSP) Secre­tariat will serve as the Secretariat of the International Year of Soils and will establish an organizing committee composed by willing partners in order to prepare a joint plan of activities for the year. The GSP goal is to make IYS 2015 a memorable year demonstrating that the soils community can really contribute to the efforts for food security, hunger eradication, climate change adaptation, poverty reduction and sustainable development. 

Source: European Soil Data Centre Newsletter No 61 (January 2014)



Modeling the Transport of Nanoparticles in Porous Media
April 10-11, 2014 - Vienna, Austria

19th Annual Contaminated and Hazardous Waste Site Managemet Course
Theory, Practice & Outdoor Field Demonstrations
June 2-6, 2014 - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

INSPIRE Conference 2014: INSPIRE for good governance
June 16-20, 2014 - Aalborg, Denmark

Advocate Summer School
June 16-20, 2014 - Leipzig, Germany

ASWEP 2014 - Biogeochemical Processes at Air-Soil-Water Interfaces and Environmental Protection
June 23-26, 2014 - Imola and Ravena, Italy

Summer School on Global Environmental Policy
August 31-September 12, 2014 - Geneva, Switzerland

CL:AIRE Conference Early Notification - In Situ Remediation 2014
September 2014

Rem-tech 2014 - Remediation Technologies Symposium 2014
October 15-17, 2014 - Banff, Alberta, Canada

SARCLE-2014 - Sustainable Approaches to Remediation of Contaminated Land in Europe 2014
CSME-2014 - Contaminated Site Management in Europe 2014
October 20-22, 2014 - Brussels, Belgium

Annual East Coast Conference
30th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy

October 20-23, 2014 - Amherst, Massachusetts, United States of America

XII Symposium "Trace elements in the environment"
November 17-18, 2014 - Pulawy, Poland
More information on

AquaConSoil 2015 - 13th International Conference on Groundwater-Soil-Systems and Water Resource Management
June 9-12, 2015 - Copenhagen

See all annoucements on COMMON FORUM website


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