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31 March 2023

Discussing MEGA-SITES in a European context - CF-Secretariat calling on members to support

RemTech Europe is organising a pre-event for 25-26 May 2023 in Taranto (Southern Italy), which is an industrial park that comprehends the largest steel production factory in Europe as well as a refinery, a port, an industrial and military area with problems and impacts on soil, air, groundwater, surface water, and sediments - a mega site, involving a multitude of site owners, pollutant plumes and environmental impacts.

Marco FALCONI will be organising an interactive exchange to discuss "Sustainable remediation and management of mega sites, experience from Europe and other continents".

The COMMON FORUM Secretariat calls on members and co-creating partners to consider providing their experiences either by a specific presentation or through supporting the CF Secretariat by slides on national/regional case studies, lessons learned and/or conclusions/recommendations. It would be great if you contributed!

Please let know no later than next 21 April 2023 whether you may support to discuss the issue of MEGA-SITES in a European context.

ECHA seeks input on proposed PFAS restriction

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) invites interested parties to send in scientific and technical information on the manufacture, placing on the market and use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by 25 September 2023.

Of particular interest is information relevant to the risks, socio-economic aspects, and alternative substances.


An online information webinar will be held on 5 April 2023 (11:00 to 13:00). Experts will explain the restriction process, the content of the proposal, how to participate in the consultation and answer questions from the participants.

Webinar Link

PFAS: forever chemicals — a comprehensive review

In this article the status and the need for their phase out and remediation of contaminated is thoroughly reviewed. As a conclusion it is stated that the substitution of individual PFAS recognized as hazardous by other possibly equally hazardous PFAS with virtually unknown chronic toxicity cannot be a solution. The only answer is a switch to fluorine-free alternatives for all applications in which PFAS are not essential.



New documents on EUGRIS, the platform for European contaminated soil and water information: