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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 Overview of progress in management of soil contamination in WCE and some SEE countries
SOER2010-title: Contamited sites in Europe, 2006. The graphs shows the status of identification and clean‑up of contaminated sites in Europe as reported to the European Environment Agency through the Eionet priority data flows on contaminated sites. While trends vary across Europe, it is clear that the remediation of contaminated sites is still a significant undertaking.
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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 Probable problem areas of local contamination in Europe
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Indicator Assessment Progress in management of contaminated sites (LSI 003/CSI 015) - 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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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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SOER Message Soil — key message 5
Industrialisation and poor management have left thousands of contaminated sites throughout Europe, resulting in human health impacts and environmental problems including groundwater contamination. While some countries have made significant progress, the identification and remediation of contaminated sites in many countries is patchy, with limited progress over the past five years.
Located in The European environment – state and outlook 2010 Soil — SOER 2010 thematic assessment Key messages
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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Figure Soil contamination by heavy metals
Concentration of Pb in topsoils (0-25cm)
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European Environment Agency (EEA)
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