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Common Forum Newsletter nr. 58 - December 14th, 2015
by Dr. D. Darmendrail

Summary

Next CF meeting in Utrecht, NL

CF meeting in Melbourne, AU

CF members turnover

What's new on CF website?

News from ICCL

News from EC

News from NICOLE

News from US-EPA

Eugris corner

Documents of interest

Books, articles & abstract proceedings of interest

Forthcoming events

Dear Colleagues,

Thanks to all colleagues for the kind words received after the dreadful events in Paris. It is always nice to hear about this friendly support.
Let’s work for being sure that democracy will win.

The Melbourne events (COMMON FORUM meeting, ICCL meeting and Satellite ICCL workshop hosted within the CLEAN-UP Conference) have been successful and intense. Thanks to our Australian colleagues for their friendly and efficient organization and to the participants for their contribution to all discussions.

It has also been the occasion for engaging with Australian stakeholders on research needs for managing sustainably Land and Soil resources. The premise of the INSPIRATION project (“INtegrated Spatial PlannIng, land use and soil management Research AcTION”) is that land and soil services are fundamental for meeting societal needs, and that policy formulation and implementation influence how effectively these services are managed. It strives to better integrate these services and approaches, by identifying synergies across the sector (policy-makers, land-planners, industries, services and technologies providers, researchers) in order to tackle strategic societal challenges. A critical step in the project is a series of 'World Cafes' to collect complementary visions and needs across the different decision-making scales, at the National, European and International level. More on www.inspiration-h2020.eu

The outcomes of the national workshops and the Policy-oriented Workshop held in the project should ensure the future discussions of the COMMON FORUM on this important issue.

Looking forward to meeting you in Utrecht in May 2016.

Kind regards,

Dominique

NEXT COMMON FORUM MEETING IN UTRECHT, NL

The Dutch Rijkswaterstaat will host the Spring 2016 Meeting of the
COMMON FORUM network

in Utrecht the 12 and 13th of May 2016

Please mark your diary

 

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COMMON FORUM MEETING IN MELBOURNE, AU

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

meeting in Melbourne on September 9, 2015.

The meeting report is now available.

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COMMON FORUM MEMBERS TURNOVER

Recent changes of national representations within the COMMON FORUM:

From Countries:

  • Denmark - Agust 2015: Ole Kiilerich to replace Ulla Hojshølt - Danish Environmental Protection Agency

See also: COMMON FORUM Members List

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WHAT'S NEW ON COMMON FORUM WEBSITE?

COMMON FORUM Questionnaires - Accreditation of experts on investigation and remediation of soils

The COMMON FORUM website section about Questionnaires has been implemented with answers to a Spanish Basque Country questionnaire about Accreditation of experts on investigation and remediation of soils.

This document is a compilation of 10 countries answer to the following questions:

  • Is there in you country/region an accreditation system for experts in investigation/remediation of soils?
  • Is the accreditation used on a voluntary on in a compulsory basis?
  • Can you provide the reference of the law/decree/etc where this topic is regulated?

COMMON FORUM Conferences Presentations

The COMMON FORUM website section about Conference Presentations has been implemented with presentations from:

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NEWS FROM ICCL

12th ICCL Meeting in Melbourne, Australia
www.iccl.ch/meeting_melbourne.html

The ICCL meeting took place in Melbourne (Australia) the 10th and 11th of September, 2015.
All presentations given during the ICCL meeting and the ICCL workshop (within the CLEAN-UP conference), answers to the ICCL 2015 survey are now available at ICCL website.

Copenhagen and the Danish regions will host the 13th ICCL meeting in October 2017.

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NEWS FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION

1st EIONET NRC Soil Working Group on Contaminated Sites and Brownfields
http://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/networkcooperations/eionet-meeting-10-11-march-2015-%E2%80%93-jrc-ispra-varese-italy

The Joint Research Centre organised the 1st EIONET working group meeting on Contaminat­ed Sites and Brownfields. The indicator ‘Progress in management of contaminated sites’ was discussed during the meeting. Ten (10) countries informed on their national policies on soil protection and commented on the use of indicators for the management of progress in con­taminated sites. 

Source: ESDAC Newsletter n°10, September 2015

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NEWS FROM NICOLE

Next NICOLE Workshop - Failures & Flaws and Innovation
www.nicole.org

Next NICOLE Workshop will be held on 15-17 June 2016, Vienna Austria.

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NEWS FROM US-EPA

Superfund Research Program Research Brief 248: Cellulose Nanomaterials in Environmental Cleanup Technologies.

Nanomaterials made of cellulose - a natural polymer used mainly to produce paper - hold great promise in environmental remediation applications and water filtration membranes, according to Duke University Superfund Research Program (Duke SRP) researchers. In a compilation of research findings, Duke SRP researchers led by Mark Wiesner, Ph.D., outline the physical and chemical properties, production costs, and current use of cellulose nanomaterials.

For more information, see:
http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/researchbriefs/view.cfm?Brief_ID=248

To get monthly updates on research advances from the SRP you can subscribe to their Research Brief mailing list at:
https://list.nih.gov/cgi-bin/wa.exe?SUBED1=SRP-BRIEF&A=1

Source: US-EPA - TechDirect, September 1, 2015

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EUGRIS CORNER

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.

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DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST

Stabilization and Solidification of Contaminated Soil and Waste: A Manual of Practice.
https://clu-in.org/download/techfocus/stabilization/S-S-Manual-of-Practice.pdf

This document has been designed as a practical reference for regulators, site owners, engineering firms, and others involved in selecting, designing, bidding, and providing oversight for the remediation of hazardous waste sites using S/S. This book provides guidance on applicable contaminants, site characteristics, project planning, equipment capabilities, production rates, performance specifications and the quality assurance of S/S treated materials. Included are references to numerous case studies and an extensive reference list of completed projects that successfully employed S/S (September 2015, 603 pages).

Source: US-EPA - TechDirect Ocotber 1, 2015

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BOOKS, ARTICLES & ABSTRACT PROCEEDINGS OF INTEREST

Task Force: Soil Matters
Solutions Under Foot
Stephen Nortcliff (Editor)
IUSS Publication: CATENA VERLAG – GeoEcology Essays
International Year of Soils 2015 - published: November 2015
paperback, 160 pages
ISBN 978-3-923381-63-0 - US ISBN 1-59326-268-X

… In conclusion, it is imperative that we recognise the often pivotal role played by soils in the function of terrestrial environmental systems, if we fail to recognise this key role environmental sustainability may be impossible to achieve.
… At a global level in 2013 FAO established the Global Soil Partner­ship recognising the key role of soils in global food security and recognising that the threat to soils was a major factor to be considered in global food security.
 … This collection of papers seeks to illustrate the diversity of soils and soil functions and show the importance of soils to all aspects of our lives. There is increasing recognition that we must manage and nurture the soil, because in the lifetime of man soil is a finite resources, and once lost it is gone!

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FORTHCOMING EVENTS

4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation
April 26-28, 2016 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/events/federal-contaminated-sites-fcs-national-workshop/2016-fcs-national-workshop/sustrem-home

Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Associated with Aqueous Film Forming Foams (AFFF): Chemistry, Remediation, and Regulatory Issues
March 13-17, 2016 - San Diego, California, United States of America
http://acsenvr.com/files/2013/02/150810-Call-For-Papers.pdf

4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation
April 26-28, 2016 - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
www.rpic-ibic.ca/en/events/federal-contaminated-sites-fcs-national-workshop/2016-fcs-national-workshop/sustrem-home

SETAC Europe 26th Annual Meeting
May 22-26, 2016 - Nantes (44), France
www.nantes.setac.eu

10th International Conference on Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds
May 22-26, 2016 - Palm Springs, United States of America
http://battelle.org/media/conferences/chlorcon

8th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology 2016
June 06-10, 2016 - Houston, Texas, United States of America
www.aasci.org/conference/env/2016

EUROSOIL Istambul 2016
July 17-22, 2016 - Istambul, Turkey
www.eurosoil2016istanbul.org

1st International Conference on Risk Assessment of Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
September 8-9, 2016 - Paris - France
http://icraphe.com/en

See all announcements on COMMON FORUM website

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