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Figure Overview of progress in the management of contaminated sites in Europe
The graphs shows the status in investigation and clean-up of contaminated sites in Europe
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Figure Expenditure on contaminated site remediation in selected countries (EUR per capita per year)
(a) Projection from estimates of expenditures from some of the L?er
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Figure Remediation technologies
The graph shows remediation technologies applied in the surveyed countries as percentages of number of sites per type of treatment
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Figure Overview of economic activities causing soil contamination in some WCE and SEE countries (pct. of investigated sites)
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Figure HCB background soil concentrations
Modelled hexachlorobenzene (HCB) background soil concentrations in Europe, 1998
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Figure Probable problem areas of local contamination in Europe
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Indicator Assessment Progress in management of contaminated sites (CSI 015/LSI 003) - Assessment published Aug 2007
Soil contamination requiring clean up is present at approximately 250000 sites in the EEA member countries, according to recent estimates. And this number is expected to grow. Potentially polluting activities are estimated to have occurred at nearly 3 million sites (including the 250000 sites already mentioned) and investigation is needed to establish whether remediation is required. If current investigation trends continue, the number of sites needing remediation will increase by 50% by 2025. By contrast, more than 80000 sites have been cleaned up in the last 30 years in the countries where data on remediation is available. Although the range of polluting activities (and their relative importance as localised sources of soil contamination) may vary considerably across Europe, industrial and commercial activities as well as the treatment and disposal of waste are reported to be the most important sources. National reports indicate that heavy metals and mineral oil are the most frequent soil contaminants at investigated sites, while mineral oil and chlorinated hydrocarbons are the most frequent contaminants found in groundwater. A considerable share of remediation expenditure, about 35% on average, comes from public budgets. Although considerable efforts have been made already, it will take decades to clean up a legacy of contamination.
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Publication Late lessons from early warnings: the precautionary principle 1896-2000
Late lessons from early warnings is about the gathering of information on the hazards of human economic activities and its use in taking action to better protect both the environment and the health of the species and ecosystems that are dependent on it, and then living with the consequences. The report is based on case studies. The authors of the case studies, all experts in their particular field of environmental, occupational and consumer hazards, were asked to identify the dates of early warnings, to analyse how this information was used, or not used, in reducing hazards, and to describe the resulting costs, benefits and lessons for the future.
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Data Soil contamination
The dataset on soil contamination contains information provided on a regular basis by EIONET countries on the following issues: Progress in the management of contaminated sites; Expenditure and estimated costs; Industrial and commercial branches responsible for local soil contamination; Main contaminants affecting soil and groundwater
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Data Soil contamination
The dataset on soil contamination contains information provided on a regular basis by EIONET countries on the following issues: Progress in the management of contaminated sites; Expenditure and estimated costs; Industrial and commercial branches responsible for local soil contamination; Main contaminants affecting soil and groundwater
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
Kongens Nytorv 6
1050 Copenhagen K
Denmark
Phone: +45 3336 7100