Common Forum Newsletter nr. 60 - February 6th, 2017
by Dr. D. Darmendrail


Next CF meeting in Vienna, AT

CF meeting in Oslo, NO

What's new on CF website?

News from NICOLE

News from CL:AIRE

ReLASC Network


Research Projects

News from US-EPA

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Forthcoming events

Dear COMMON FORUM Colleagues,

I hope that 2017 started well for all of you and your families.

2017 will constitute a major milestone in the network life. Dietmar Müller – Grabherr from the Austrian Environment Agency will take over the COMMON FORUM secretariat in September 2017.
As you have discovered with the launch of the Spring 2017 meeting organization, we have started the transition phase to ensure continuity between the two secretariats.
Thanks to the EAA!

The upcoming meeting in April 2017 in Vienna :-) will be the occasion for future commitment of the different COMMON FORUM members for continuing the development of the network.

Even if it’s not yet finished on my side, I want to take the opportunity to thank you all for the nice cooperation during and in between the COMMON FORUM meetings in the last nine years (yes, yes!). I want also to thank Jean-François who has been supporting my work for the website and the newsletters…. His support has been precious…

It has been a pleasure to serve you and I’m certain that Dietmar, with your support, will be able to continue in the same mood. As you know, each generation goes further the preceding one, building up on the work achieved so far… The best is yet to come, with opportunities beyond anything we’ve ever known.


Looking forward to seeing you all in Vienna.

Kind regards,





COMON FORUM Network meeting
will be host by
Environment Agency Austria
in Vienna, Austria, the
12th and 13th of April 2017




Thank you to the COMMON FORUM menbers and special guests for their participation and for the fruitful discussion during the
meeting in Oslo, Norway
on October 13th and 14th, 2016

The meeting report is now available.




EKOS Brazil - 20/10/2016

EKOSBrazilThe International Seminar about Revitalization and Remediation of Contaminated Sites is the most relevant Seminar in Latin America about remediation and was held on 28 and 29 September in São Paulo/Brazil. In this edition the Seminar brings together national and international experts, members of the public and private sector to discuss technologies, concepts of remediation, management brownfields and revitalization of contaminated sites and counted with more than 350 people from Latin America, Canada, United States and Europe.

Slide from REMTECH Ferrara - 02/11/2016

The RemTech Europe Conference was held from 21 to 23 of September in Ferrara, Italy. All presentations can be downloaded the RemTech Europe web page.



NICOLE Spring workshop 2017 Milan
Value land management & marketing as asset
8-9 June 2017 in Milan
More Information

In the spring of 2017 NICOLE, in collaboration with Lombardy Region (Italy), General Directorate for Environment, Energy and Sustainable Development, plans to hold its next workshop in Milan, Italy to explore the subject of "CREATING VALUE THROUGH SUSTAINABLE LAND AND ASSET MANAGEMENT”.

The precise agenda is yet to be finalised but the intention is to focus on topics such as:

  • How to support sustainable development at local and regional level for areas and regions which formerly used to be mainly industrial and now need regeneration;
  • How to balance economic development (providing jobs, generating income), protection of the environment and enhancement of the wider social needs of the community.

NICOLE and ICCL back-to-back meeting
4-6 October 2017 in Copenhagen
More information on NICOLE website and ICCL website  

NICOLE and the 13th Meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL) will run back-to-back and allow opportunities for interchange of ideas. The ICCL are regulators and policy-makers dealing with contaminated land management.
The NICOLE meeting will focus on Groundwater Management on Contaminated Sites.



CL:AIRE publishes Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater guidance

Logo CL:AIRECL:AIRE announces the publication of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Groundwater: Guidance on assessing petroleum hydrocarbons using existing hydrogeological risk assessment methodologies

This guidance has been prepared by a steering group led by Shell Global Solutions and has kindly been reviewed and supported by the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency an agency within the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs. This publication also has the support of Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), The Society for Remediation Professionals in the UK (RemSoc),  Soil and Groundwater Technology Association (SAGTA) and The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA).

Source: News & Events eAlert for January 2017



Logo RelascI International ReLASC – NICOLE Seminar: Management of Petroleum Contaminated Sites
31th May, 1st and 2nd June, 2017 - Lima (Peru)

Click here to register your proposal: English - Castellano

This Seminar will take place in “Colegio de Ingenieros del Perú – CDL (Calle Guillermo Marconi 210,  San Isidro, Lima)”.
The organising committe is accepting posters or presentations proposals. If you are interested, you are invited to register your proposal, which will be evaluated by a technical committee. Papers will be accepted until 15th February and the confirmation of your participation will be send to you until 31th March 2017.

If you have doubts, send email to:

Red Latinoamericana de prevención y gestión de Sitios Contaminados - ReLASC



SUITMA community website

Logo SuitmaSUITMA community is pleased to announce its website.

It will be completed with short bios of members, announcement of national conferences related to SUITMAs, publications and any other facts.

SUITMA started its activity at the 16 WCSS in Montpellier with a symposium (no 28) on ‘Urban and suburban soils: nature, management and risks for human health’ (Burghardt, 1999). The excursion ‘A-l of the 16th WCSS: Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté’ offered the study, evaluation and management of urban and industrial soils.

SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies Italy
1-3 March 2017 in Venice, Italy

The discussion topics for the SRA Forum will center on emerging risk issues of key enabling technologies such as traditional risk assessment (detection, toxicology, fate, and material exposure), risk communication (stakeholder engagement), and more novel approaches (risk governance under uncertainty). 

Groundwater 2017 
30th March 2017 in London, The United Kingdom

Logo BrownfieldBriefingThis successful annual event will provide a useful update on changes to the current regulatory and risk assessment framework affecting water environments, as well as practical case-study based solutions for achieving optimum groundwater risk assessment and remediation.



LANDMARK project

logo LandmarkLANDMARK is a European Research Project on the sustainable management of land and soil in Europe. The questions that LANDMARK aim to address are: “How can we make the most of our land ? How can we ensure that our soils deliver on the many expectations we have of our land ?” In the second newsletter, you can find information about the project, interesting project papers, Workshop details and the LANDMARK Glossary.

Source: ESDAC Newsletter n°91 - July 2016

Nanoremediation for Soil and Groundwater Clean‐up ‐ Possibilities and Future Trends

Nanotechnologies could offer a step-change in remediation capabilities: treating persistent contaminants which have limited remediation alternatives, avoiding degradation-related intermediates and increasing the speed at which degradation or stabilisation can take place.  However, adoption of nanoremediation has been slower, with fewer than 100 field scale applications, since the first field application in 2000.  However, the recent emergence of nanoremediation as a commercially-deployed remediation technology in several EU countries, notably the Czech Republic and Germany indicates that it is now time to look at nanoremediation as a technology in the European market-place. 

Since early 2013, the EU FP7 NanoRem project has been carrying out an intensive development and optimisation programme for different nanoparticles (NPs), along with analysis and testing methods, investigations of fate and transport of the NPs and their environmental impact.  NanoRem is a €14 million international collaborative project with 29 Partners from 13 EU countries, and links to the USA and Asia.  It is a major initiative, which will support the effective deployment of nanoremediation technologies in Europe. 


This 1st PhytoSUDOE project’s newsletter will keep you updated with our project progress, achievements and forthcoming training activities in the field of phytomanagement of degraded and/or contaminated soils.

PhytoSUDOE project’s main goal is to restore degraded environments by means of applying novel phytoremediation techniques ("phytomanagement") that promote biodiversity, enhance ecosystem functionality and enable the sustainable use of resources.

The project PhytoSUDOE (SOE1/P5/E0189) is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (European Commission) through the V Interreg Sudoe Programme.



Best Practices for Environmental Site Management: Recommended Contents of a Groundwater Monitoring Report
(EPA 542-F-16-005) - September 2016, 10 pages

Cover US_EPA DocumentThe purpose of this issue paper is to recommend information to include in groundwater monitoring reports that will lead to improved report consistency and a useful, readable format. Incorporation of the recommended information will standardize groundwater monitoring report deliverables, which may in turn inform site characterization strategies, analysis of remedial alternatives, monitoring network optimization, remedy performance evaluation, continual refinement of the conceptual site model (CSM), and technical evaluation of groundwater data in five-year reviews.

Source: TechDirect, February 1, 2017

Revisions to EPA's Preliminary Remediation Goals for Radionuclides (PRG) Electronic Calculator.
The paper "Biota Modeling in EPA's Preliminary Remediation Goal and Dose Compliance Concentration Calculators" may be found at:

The revised version of the PRG calculator is available at:

EPA has finished making revisions to its online risk assessment tool the PRG calculator. The +D and +E isotopes have been removed from the selection list. Now, a user may select the 'Include daughters' checkbox to see PRG output for the entire chain. In the resident, farmer, and indoor worker soil external exposure equations, a new variable has been added (GSFb) to account for the gamma shielding provided by clean soil cover under a building. It is combined with GSFi, the shielding provided by the building, to reduce exposures to receptors inside a building which is on top of clean soil over contaminated soil.

Previously, produce intake rates were based on general fruit and vegetable consumption rates. Now, the produce intake rates are derived from 22 individual produce items, found in the 2011 Exposure Factors Handbook, that contribute to the overall produce ingestion PRG. Mass loading factors (MLFs) were also improved, from a single MLF that was applied to all produce, to 22 individual MLFs that correspond with the 22 individual produce items that make up the new produce intake rates. In site-specific mode, users will now able to select additional animal products including Goat Milk, Sheep Milk, Goat Meat, and Sheep Meat, which are not included in the default animal product PRGs. Users will also be able to select Rice and Grains, which are not included in the default produce PRG.

Formerly, the transfer factors used in this risk assessment tool were specific to element only. Now, the transfer factors are element, climate zone, soil type, and produce specific. For more detailed information, "Biota Modeling in EPA's Preliminary Remediation Goal and Dose Compliance Concentration Calculators" explains where these new intake rates, MLFs, and transfer factors were sourced and how they will be applied to the PRG calculator.

Source: TechDirect January 1, 2017

EPA Adds Subsurface Intrusion to the Superfund Hazard Ranking System

EPA has finalized a proposal to expand the hazards that qualify sites for the Superfund National Priorities List (NPL). EPA assesses sites using the Hazard Ranking System (HRS), which quantifies negative impacts to air, groundwater, surface water and soil. Sites receiving HRS scores above a specific threshold can be proposed for placement on the NPL. Subsurface intrusion is the migration of hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants from contaminated groundwater or soil into an overlying building. Subsurface intrusion can result in people being exposed to harmful levels of hazardous substances, which can raise the lifetime risk of cancer or chronic disease. This regulatory change does not affect the status of sites currently on or proposed to be added to the NPL. This modification only augments criteria for applying the HRS to sites being evaluated in the future.

Source: TechDirect January 1, 2017



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.




L'Atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols disponible en françaiséen-de-la-biodiversité-des-sols

couverture AtlasA l'occasion de la Journée Mondiale des Sols, le Centre Commun de Recherche (JRC), service sci­entifique de la Commission européenne, publie la version française de sa cartographie unique des sols européens. L'atlas européen de la biodiversité des sols est un outil d'aide à la décision visant à protéger les sols, ressource essentielle aux cycles de l'eau et du carbone et à l'agriculture. Cet ouvrage de référence s'adressant aux chercheurs, décideurs politiques et enseignants a déjà ren­contré un fort succès lors de sa première publication en 2010.

Source: ESDAC Newsletter n°91 - July 2016

First two NanoRem Bulletins available to download

Logo NanoremCL:AIRE is pleased to announce the publication of the first two bulletins from the EU FP7 NanoRem project. Since 2013, the NanoRem project has carried out an intensive development and optimisation programme for different nanoparticles (NPs), along with analysis and testing methods, investigations of fate and transport of the NPs and their environmental impact.

This was undertaken in parallel with developing a comprehensive understanding of the environmental risk-benefit for the use of nanoparticles (NPs), market demand, overall sustainability, and stakeholder perceptions. The NanoRem Toolbox, available at, provides outputs which address all these issues.

NanoRem Bulletin #1 (access rights needed) provides an overview of NanoRem, its aims, structure and the main generic results. This overview provides links to other NanoRem outputs where a greater depth of detail can be found.

NanoRem Bulletin #4 provides a guide to different types of NPs used within the NanoRem project, looking at their production and properties, and separates them into two broad classes: i) nano zero-valent iron (nZVI) and ii) non-ZVI and composite NPs.

NanoRem (Taking Nanotechnological Remediation Processes from Lab Scale to End User Applications for the Restoration of a Clean Environment) has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 309517.

Source: CL:AIRE eAlert November 2016

Manual de buenas prácticas en minería aurífera aluvial para facilitar una adecuada recuperación de áreas
Ministerio del Ambiente - 2016, Perú
Download from ReLASC website

couverture"Guidance of good practices in alluvial gold mining to facilitate adequate recovery of areas"

This document discribe good practices based on experiences and empiric data obtained during a study realized in 2014 in the frame of the programme of the German cooperation called "Contribution to the environmental goals of Peru (ProAmbiente)" implemented by the Deusteche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammernarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Manual de buenas prácticas en la investigación de sitios contaminados muestreo de suelo
Ministerio del Ambiente - 2016, Perú
Download from ReLASC website

couverture"Guidance of good practices in the investigation of contaminated soil - Sampling sites"

This Guidance describe activities and the different step that should be followed to perform soil sampling with a guarantee of quality and reproductibility of results.

Manual de buenas prácticas en la investigación de sitios contaminados muestreo de aguas subterráneas
Ministerio del Ambiente - 2016, Perú
Download from ReLASC website

couverture"Guidance of good practices in the investigation of contaminated sites - Groundwater sampling"

This Guidance describe activities and the different step that should be followed to perform groundwater sampling with a guarantee of quality and reproductibility of results.



SRA Policy Forum: Risk Governance for Key Enabling Technologies
March 01-03, 2017 - Venice, Italy

SUB-URBAN Planning and Management WEEK
March 13-16, 2017 - Bucharest, Romania

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

Global Symposium on Soil Organic Carbon
March 21-23, Rome, Italy

Groundwater 2017
March 30, 2017 - London, United Kingdom

European Geosciences Union - European Geosciences Union
April 23-28, 2017 - Vienna, Austria

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

ISRIC Spring School on Soil Assessment and Mapping
May 15-19, 2017 - Wageningen, the Netherlands

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

SUITMA 2017 - «Urbanization: a challenge and an opportunity for soil functions and ecosystem services»
May 22-27, 2017 - Moscow, Russia

1st International ReLASC – NICOLE Seminar:
Management of Petroleum Contaminated Sites
May 31 - June 2, 2017 - Lima, Peru

NICOLE Spring Workshop 2017
Creating value through sustainable land and asset management
June 08-09, 2017 - Milano, Italy

1st World Conference on Soil and Water Conservation under Global Change
June 12-16, 2017 - Lleida, Spain

10th International SedNet Conference “Sediments on the move”
June 14-17, 2017 - Genoa, Italy

13th International Mine Water Association Congress
Mine Water and Circular Economy

June 25, 2017 - Lappeenranta, Finland

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

June 26-30, 2017 - Lyon, France

14th International HCH & Pesticides Forum
June 27-29, 2017 - Astana, Kazakhstan

Global Soil Map 2017 Conference
July 04-06, 2017 - Moscow, Russia

ICOBTE 2017 - International Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements
July 16-20, 2017 - Zurich, Switzerland

18th Annual Conference of International Association for Mathematical Geosciences (IAMG2017)
September 02-09, 2017 - Fremantle, Australia

eurotox 2017 - Connecting for a Safer Future
53rd Congress of the European Societies of Toxicology

September 10-13, 2017 - Bratislava, Slovak Republic

RemTechExpo - Remediation, Requalification, Protection, Recovery
September 20-22, 2017 - Ferrara, Italy

13th meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL)
October 03-06, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

NICOLE and ICCL back-to-back meeting
October 04-07, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

Atmos'fair - Outdoor and indoor air pollution
Sources, Impacts, Diagnostics & Solutions
October 10-11, 2017 - Lyon, France

2nd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference
October 15-19, 2017 - Nanjing, China

CSME-2017 – Contaminated Site Management in Europe: Green and Sustainable Remediation
October 16-19, 2017 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

33rd Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy
October 16-19, 2017 - Amherst, Massachusetts, United-States of America

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