Water and Land Remediation

Project description and aims

The contaminated sites management is a process that has different speeds in Members States. This is due partly on difference in legislation that would mean different definitions as for making some examples “potentially contaminated sites”, “contaminated sites”, “remediated sites”. For this reason, the European Commission-JRC launched an initiative with EEA-EIONET network to find
common definitions and a survey in MS in 2018 ( that resulted in defining 6 site statuses.

The expected outcomes of this projects are:

  • Support/exchange technical experience required to make progress with the Remediation phase in Europe in order to enable those MS in which no procedure is currently taking place to have one reference.
  • To share knowledge, skills and good practices, producing technical guidance, coordinating action between countries.
  • To involve the main European Networks that deals with contaminated sites issues like COMMON FORUM, Eionet WG Contamination and NICOLE.

Call for case studies MPE and Soil Washing

In 2021, Water and Land Remediation will collect case studies for Multi-Phase Extraction (MPE) and Soil Washing. Anybody that is interested to share the results of the application of one of the two mentioned technologies, are invited to submit it according to the following formats in MS word (no pdf) not later than 15 December 2021 to  with subject “MPE Case Study” or “Soil Washing Case Study”. If you have multiple case studies, prepare and send different files so that they are easier to process. You will be included as “Contributors”.

Draft reports

The project team has released two draft reports in June 2021:

ISCO, In Situ Chemical Oxidation

SVE, Soil Vapour Extraction

You are invited to submit your comments, share this possibility to your colleagues, using exclusively the commenting template. Comments could be general, technical, editorial. Reviewers names will be mentioned in the acknowledgement.

Comments/observations should be submitted using the reported formats not later than 15 October 2021 to Marco Falconi using the link below, with object “ISCO comments” or “SVE comments”.

Related files/information

• Soil Thematic strategy.
• COM(2006)231 final.
• Stockholm Convention (art. 6, last version).
• MINAMATA Convention on Mercury.
• No net land take by 2050 reported for the first time in the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, COM(2011) 571 final.

Number: 2021/08-WP6, 2020/09 – Status: – Period: 2021 – Topic: Water and land

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