Progress in management of contaminated sites in Europe

07 Sep 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 increase as national investigations proceed. In the last 30 years, the available data on remediation shows that around 80000 sites have been cleaned up. It will take decades to solve the legacy of contamination.

How is the problem of contaminated sites being addressed in Europe ?

  • Which sectors contribute most to the problem ?
  • Which are the main contaminants affecting soil and groundwater ?

  • How much is being spent on clean-up ?
  • How much progress is being achieved in management and control of contaminated sites ?

The above questions are all addressed in the following EEA core set indicator assessment:

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