The Lima, Perú events (COMMON FORUM
meeting, back-to-back meeting CF/ReLASC,
ICCL meeting and workshops) have been
successful and intense. CF and ICCL Meeting
presentations are now available on the network
websites. Thanks to our Peruvian colleagues
for their hospitality and smooth organization
and to the participants for their contribution to
The meeting week has been the occasion for
exchanges with our Latin American colleagues,
how to develop a closer cooperation of the
networks (ReLASC/CF) and members. Topics
like coping with Hg-contaminated sites and
implementing the Minamata Convention will
need follow-up until and at our next meeting.
Finally to announce the upcoming COMMON
FORUM springtime meeting being scheduled
for 15 – 17 April 2020 and on invitation by
FOEN (Federal Office for the Environment of
the Swiss Confederation) taking place in
Have a relaxing Christmas time and pleasant
days onward onto 2020!
Looking forward to meeting you.
Martha and Dietmar
NEXT CF MEETING – MARK YOUR CALENDAR
SAVE THE DATE!
Next COMMON FORUM Network meeting will be held in
15 – 17 April 2020
Wednesday, 15 April 2020:
WG-meetings & workshops (all day)
Thursday, 16 April 2020:
Plenary meeting (all day)
Friday, 17 April 2020:
Excursion / site visit (half day)
The COMMON FORUM secretariat particularly thanks our colleagues from Switzerland and the Federal Office for the Environment
for inviting and hosting the springtime meeting 2020.
CF MEETING IN LIMA, PERÚ
Thank you to the COMMON FORUM members and special guests for their participation and for the fruitful discussions during the
Recent changes / new members of representations within the COMMON FORUM:
France – September 2019:
- Sami Kaabouch replacing Antoine Billard
French Ministry for the Environment, the Energy and the Sea
Germany – September 2019:
- Sabine Neulen replacing Andreas Bieber
German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
A warm welcome!
New cooperation partner / guest to COMMON FORUM:
CL:AIRE – December 2019:
CL:AIRE is a Charitable Company Limited by Guarantee/Registered in England
Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE) is an independent not-forprofit organisation established in 1999 to stimulate the regeneration of contaminated land in the
UK by raising awareness of, and confidence in, practical and sustainable remediation
CL:AIRE activities focus to develop training resources, disseminate information and act as a
credible resource for all stakeholders, while ensuring to remain at the cutting-edge of best
practice and innovation.
It is currently not possible to perform in-depth environmental and health risk assessments of all
chemical substances in use in Europe because of the great variety of chemicals and their diverse
uses. New and legacy chemicals continue to be released into Europe’s environment, adding to
the total chemical burden on Europe’s citizens and ecosystems. Early identification of emerging
risks is one of the activities of the European Environment Agency (EEA). This EEA briefing from
December 2019 summarises the known and potential risks to human health and the environment
in Europe posed by a group of very persistent chemicals, the per- and polyfluorinated alkyl
This indicator provides an overview of industrial pollution in Europe. This includes the contribution
of industry to air and water emissions, soil contamination and waste generation. Trends in
industrial pollutant releases to air and water, and industrial transfers of waste are also highlighted.
Signals 2019 - Land and soil in Europe - Why we need to use these vital and finite resources sustainably
Protecting Europe's land and soil resources is fundamental for a sustainable
future. The European Environment Agency’s (EEA) Signals 2019 ‘Land and
soil in Europe’ explains key pressures — such as urban sprawl,
contamination, intensive use of agricultural land, landscape fragmentation
— impacting Europe’s land and soil. The report underlines that we need to
preserve and protect these key resources better. For example, the way we
build and connect cities should prioritise ‘land recycling’, which consists of
re-using and re-purposing existing urban areas such as old industrial sites
and avoid new land to be covered by concrete and asphalt.
Future Brief: Persistent organic pollutants: towards a POPs-free future
This Future Brief from Science for Environment Policy examines the levels
and future outlook for POPs in the environment and humans, and how we
can reduce our use of POPs. The majority of persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) identified until now are banned or restricted around the world owing
to concerns about their harm to ecosystems and human health. Our Future
Brief also highlights how even long-banned POPs remain in the
environment; how others are still in use and are being directly emitted; and
how new POPs may be identified for which we have limited information.
Land recycling addresses the reuse of abandoned, vacant or underused urban land for new
developments within FUAs (Functional Urban Areas, i.e. urban agglomerations). Land recycling is
considered a response to land take within FUAs, i.e. urban development on arable land,
permanent crop land or semi-natural areas. It is a key planning instrument for achieving the goal
of no net land take by 2050 (EC, 2016)
Land recycling is still low in all European countries: on average, land recycling accounted for only
13.5 % of total land consumption in European cities in the 2006-2012 period. The land use
densification process, i.e. when land development makes maximum use of existing infrastructure,
accounts for the largest proportion of land recycling (10 % of total land consumption). However, in
most countries, land take dominates over densification in total land management with the
exception of Finland and France. Grey recycling, i.e. internal conversions between residential
and/or non-residential land cover types, is secondary to densification, ranging from 14 % to less
than 1 % of total land consumption. Land take predominates over grey recycling in total land
management in all countries. Green recycling, i.e. the development of green urban areas using
previously built-up areas, is an important trend that reverses soil sealing, but it is a marginal
process in all countries and, on average, it accounts for only 0.2 % of total land consumption.
Global status and trends in soil pollution - report to UNEA5 (2021): GSP establishing an Editorial Board
Requested by a resolution of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2017 (UNEA3) a
report by FAO, UNEP and WHO on the Global status and regional trends in soil pollution is
under preparation and shall be presented at the UNEA5 in February 2021.
The report is coordinated by the Secretariat of the Global Soil Partnership and is intended to
serve as a summary of existing scientific and practical knowledge to support the proposal of
informed decisions. To review the report and ensure its quality and comprehensiveness an
Editorial Board will be established. The Editorial Board is to be composed by member of the
Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), UNEP, WHO and FAO members working on
related issues and shall be complemented by external key experts.
According to the overall time planning the Editorial Board will comment and review the draft
document during the period from January to April 2020. Given you are interested in joining the
Editorial Board, you are invited to contact the GSP secretariat at FAO
By December 2019 the transfer of the ICCL-homepage is getting completed
and finally hosted by Environment Agency Austria.
14th ICCL Meeting 2019 in Lima, Perú
The 14th ICCL meeting took place in Lima (Perú) from the 23rd to the 24th of October, 2019,
hosted by the Peruvian Ministry of Environment in its capacity as Presidency to ReLASC - our
Latin-American regulatory partner network for preventing and managing land contamination.
PLEASE NOTE: The call for candidates for the 15th ICCL meeting in fall 2021 is already open.
NEWS FROM NICOLE
NICOLE Spring 2020 Workshop – The End of Liability
The intention of the NICOLE Spring 2020 Workshop is to focus on the non-technical aspects of
managing contaminated land liability from many angles: law, philosophy, insurance, investment,
etc. The Workshop will be held from 25 – 26 June 2020 in Porto, Portugal.
SUCCESSFUL SCALE-UP AND DESTRUCTION OF PFAS IN SOIL VIA BALL MILLING
Battye, N., L. Turner, O. El-Sharnouby, D. Patch, K. Jaansalu, B. Kueper, and K. Weber.
Real Property Institute of Canada Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop, 4-5 June,
Halifax, NS, 25 slides, 2019
A study employed ball milling to destroy PFAS in soils from a 50+-year-old firefighting training
area and silica-based sand spiked with PFAS. The mechanical action of milling promotes
reactivity and surface chemistry states that are not attainable in ambient conditions. Three
different-sized ball mills were used to evaluate and demonstrate scalability. A suite of 13 PFAS
compounds spanning and extending beyond those with Canadian guidance values were tracked
in all cases. Results demonstrated up to 97% of PFAS destruction within minutes in two types of
soil, sand, and clay, and no identifiable PFAS products were produced. This patent-pending, ex
situ remediation technology for PFAS-contaminated soils will be scaled on-site to develop
detailed operational requirements
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 in 2019 prepared by Paul Bardos
(r3 Environmental Technology Ltd) for COMMON FORUM members.
UK: Environment Agency publishes reformed land contamination guidance
The Environment Agency (EA) has published an update to the Model procedures for the
management of land contamination (CLR11).
The LCRM guidance has been designed to be accessible, and includes a list of basic site details
and general information required for all risk assessment reports. It also contains links to relevant
guidance via the CL:aire Water and Land Library, as well as links to British Standards and
CIEH/LQM guidance documentation. It offers a more intuitive approach to the management of
land contamination and includes up-to-date terminology to advise users on how to assess if
there’s unacceptable risk, decide which options are the most suitable to manage the risk and
implement remediation if needed.
The main amendments include a shorter and simplified remediation strategy that focuses on
three stages. Stage 1 focuses on risk assessment, stage 2 options appraisal and stage 3
remediation and verification. LCRM includes a matrix to determine which remediation options are
most appropriate and presents options depending on what contaminants are found within the soil
The EUROSOIL 2020 Organising Committee invites to participate in the scientific sessions by
submitting your contribution before 20 February 2020. In line with the theme Connecting
People and Soil, the sessions are organised around the soil-related topics of the UN Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)
Click here to find the Call and submitting your contribution
Click here to learn more about the Eurosoil 2020 Venue
Greener Cleanup Metrics
The EPA "Principles for Greener Cleanups" provide a foundation for planning and implementing
cleanups that protect human health and the environment while minimizing the environmental
footprint of cleanup activities. EPA has developed 14 greener cleanup metrics that may be used
to quantify specific portions of the footprint, such as the amounts of refined materials, public water
or diesel fuel that are used or the amount of wastewater and hazardous waste that is generated.
The metrics provide an optional means for regulators, private industry and other cleanup partners
to collect and track site-specific footprint information across multiple sites in a uniform and
transparent manner. On a project level, use of the metrics is anticipated to help the cleanup
stakeholders identify best management practices (BMPs) that could be implemented to minimize
the footprint. To learn more about the 14 metrics, download the workbook, or view related Q&As,
DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST
GUIDELINE ON PERFORMING REMEDIATION OPTIONS ASSESSMENT
CRC Care National Remediation Framework, 26 pp, 2018
This guide is intended to help conduct a preliminary remediation options appraisal at sites in
Australia and identify remediation technologies to potentially treat the contaminants of concern or
break identified pollutant linkages at the site under investigation. It also provides advice on
formulating a remediation action plan.
SOIL-PLANT RELATIONSHIPS AND CONTAMINATION BY TRACE ELEMENTS: A REVIEW
OF TWENTY YEARS OF EXPERIMENTATION AND MONITORING AFTER THE
AZNALCOLLAR (SW SPAIN) MINE ACCIDENT
Madejon, P., M.T. Dominguez, E. Madejon, F. Cabrera, T. Maranon, and J.M. Murillo.
Science of the Total Environment 625:50-63(2018)
A literature review was conducted to summarize key research findings focused on soil-plant
systems at the Aznalcollar mine since the occurrence of a large-scale mine accident in April
1998. The review includes information on mine slurry and contaminated soil characterization and
on trace element (TE) monitoring performed over the past 20 years. Lab results on the soil
amendments used as a reclamation technique at the site are discussed, focusing on the effects of
different types of amendments at different spatial scales and their effectiveness with time. Other
lab results discussed include monitoring TEs in soil and their transfer to plants to assess potential
toxicity effects in the food web and using plants to biomonitor TEs in the environment. The
experience acquired in making the Guadiamar Green Corridor a large-scale soil reclamation and
phytoremediation case study is also evaluated
PER- AND POLYFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES (PFAS) REMEDIATION WORKSHOP
Keane. D., S. Crawford, E. Moyer, R. Ball, and F. Taylor
The 34th Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water, and Energy, 16 October,
Amherst, MA, 126 slides, 2018
The workshop covered PFAS physical-chemical properties and fate and transport mechanisms
relevant to remediation. Non-destructive and destructive treatment technologies for treating PFAS
in soil and water are discussed. Cutting edge technologies using advanced carbon, synthetic
resins, alternative natural adsorbents, and advanced oxidation are explained, and some case
studies are included.
The COMMON FORUM on Contaminated Land, initiated in 1994, is a network of contaminated land policy makers and advisors from national ministries in European Union memberstates and European Free Trade Association countries.