E-news Nicole September 2015

Block your agenda for the NICOLE fall workshop

Environmental Liability Directive: Implementation, experiences and national case studies 

4 – 6 November 2015 at Solvay – Brussels, Belgium 

We intend to use the Autumn workshop in Brussels, Belgium to bring together a range of perspectives on the regime, through both oral and/or poster sessions on the following: Current Status of ELD, Relative use of ELD alongside or instead of other National Legislation, Defining baselines – availability of existing data and use, Significant harm, Approaches to remediation, Evaluating harm and the cost of harm to society.

In connection with the regular workshop, our member Geovariances offered for an half day additional special session dedicated to the application of geostatistics to soil characterization. The session which will be carried out in the afternoon of 6 November.

Geostatistics provides proven methods to optimize sampling strategies, map in 2D/3D the site contamination and quantify the uncertainties related to pollution maps and soil volumes. It can therefore be of benefit for ELD considerations, by helping to quantify original conditions prior environmental or biodiversity damages. These aspects will be addressed during the special session.
The special session will integrate ELD considerations and address these aspects.
More detailed accouchements of the program will be distributed later. 


Please feel free to contact the chair of the workshop (Phil Crowcroft) or NICOLE Secretariat.




Welcome new member of NICOLE

A very warm welcome to our new member Orbicon!

Orbicon is a knowledge-based company which provides engineering consultancy services in the fields of the construction, environment, environmental technology, the working environment, organising, and planning. The company is a result of the union of an environmental consultance company and a construction engineering company.
For more information please visit their website.



NICOLE contribution – Sustainable Remediation 

4th International Conference onSustainable Remediation
April 26-28, 2016
Le Centre Sheraton, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Following the success of the first three SustRem events in Copenhagen, Vienna and Ferrara, SuRF Canada is proud to be hosting the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Remediation (SustRem), which is being held in 2016 for the first time in North America. The 2016 SustRem Conference aims to stimulate international exchange by providing a venue for public, private, and academic sectors to share experiences and perspectives on how contaminated sites can be remediated with a smaller overall footprint and more positive outcomes, and how their reuse can contribute to a more sustainable land development. Please note that NICOLE is contributing to this organisation and that the final submission date is October 14th, 2015.

For more information, please visit the following website.




Call for papers on sustainable remediation

Global trends in sustainable and green remediation
A Special Issue of the Journal of Environmental Management

Sustainable remediation covers a wider range of sustainability impacts and benefits in the remediation of contaminated sites; and also, for a number of the groups involved, extends to ideas of sustainable regeneration and land use (e.g. UK) and sustainable soil management (e.g. NL).  A related concept is “green remediation” being advanced by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), which focuses on minimizing or mitigating the environmental impacts of remediation activities in mature site clean-up programs. Sustainable remediation has become an area of intense development across the world, and has important contributions to make to emerging cross-disciplinary sustainable development practices in land-use planning (for example in the context of ‘brownfields development’), urban design and management (‘urban renewal’) and transport (‘transit oriented development’). This special issue provides an overview of the state of the art for sustainable and green remediation, along with the perspectives and concepts that underpin sustainable/green remediation and a view of its future direction of travel. Contributions are sought on case studies or examples of sustainable or green remediation in practice; tools, techniques and applications for the assessment, management and verification of sustainability on contaminated sites; and application of low impact remedial techniques such as phyto-remediation, use of charcoals etc (so-called “gentle remediation”).

To submit a paper please use the submission website for this journal.
To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important that authors select SI: Sustainable remediation when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process.

The submission deadline is November 30 2015.
If you would like to discuss a title in advance please e-mail Prof Paul Bardos by October 31st 2015.  However, this is purely advisory and not obligatory.




Society of Brownfield Risk Assessors (SoBRA)

The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) has been established to support the growing number of professionals working in land contamination risk assessment. It is a  learned society for individuals, with membership drawn from the private, public, voluntary and academic sectors.

Its goals are to improve technical knowledge in risk-based decision-making related to land contamination applications and to enhance the professional status and profile of practitioners.

For more information, please visit their website.




Seek for support from NICOLE

CETAQUA seeks for support from NICOLE

It raised attention to NICOLE that they are in the preparation for Lief + proposal and planning to carry out a demonstration project for Cr (VI) Groundwater remediation in Spain. 

For those who is interested, please contact the coordinator: Marta Hernandez Garcia

Project info:
Innovative insitu technologies for hexavalent chromium remediation in groundwater (INSITU). PROJECT OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the efficiency of remediation INSITU technologies for decontaminating groundwater.

EU CALL: Life+ 2014 Topic:
“Projects addressing pressures from chemical pollutants in the water environment and aimed at reducing emission of priority substances at source, through the use of appropriate substitutes or alternative technologies“. 




September 6- 10 2015, Vienna, Austria

Engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials offer many potential benefits as a result of novel properties and  behaviour that materials can exhibit when manufactured or precisely manipulated at the nanoscale. The 10th ICEENN  will bring together researchers, regulators and industry from all over the world to discuss the potential hazards and  resulting  risks  of  current  and  future  applications  in  the  key  sector  of  nanotechnology,  along  with  ways  to  characterize  nanoparticles and mechanisms to bring about risk reduction to harvest the economic and social  benefits of this fascinating technology. 

ICCL Meeting

September 10 – 11 2015, Melbourne, Australia

The four themes of the 12th meeting are as follows:
1. Contaminated Site Remediation / Legal, Technical, Finance and social issues
2. Common ground for Sustainable Remediation
3. Emerging contaminants
4. Collaborative regeneration of land

CleanUp 2015

13 – 16 September 2015, Melbourne, Australia

Every two years, Scientists, engineers, regulators and other environmental professionals representing universities, government (site management and regulatory agencies) and R&D and manufacturing firms from more then 20 countries gather for the diverse and inspiring program presented at this event. 

Themes include:
– Site Characterisation
– Risk Assessment and Characterisation
– Human Health Effects of exposure to contaminants
– Groundwater Assessment and Remediation
– Soil and waste treatment facilities
– Landfills
– Environmental drilling
– Sustainability
– Regulatory and legal
– Community engagement , media and social media
– emerging environmental issues

RemTech 2015

23 – 25 September 2015, Ferrara, Italy

Theme including:
– In-situ and Ex-Situ Treatment
– Physical/Biological/Chemical Treatment 
– Soil Washing and Scrubbing 
– Incineration

For more information, please visit the website of Remtech.


23 – 26 September 2015, Kraków, Poland

Different countries have different experiences with the quantity and quality of sediments in their rivers, and with dealing with the challenges that arise from there. The role, attributed function and perception of sediments influence the way it is managed in a river system. At the core of the SedNet conference in 2015 will be the link between sediment and society, and the exchange of knowledge and respective experiences on an international level.

CIMAS 2015

October 2015, São Paulo, Brazil

The CIMAS workshop 2015 will be held on October, in São Paulo – Brazil.

The plan is to publish the vapor instruction white   paper. 

CSME 2015

19 – 21 October 2015, Brussels, Belgium

CSME-2015 covers the following themes:
– Tools for Defining Impacts and Liabilities to Soil, Sediment and Water
– Tools for Mitigating Impacts to Soil, Sediment and Water
– Strategies for Managing Contaminated Soil, Sediment and Water
– Wastewater Treatment
– Management of Water Systems
– Vapor Intrusion Assessment and/or Mitigation

NICOLE Fall Workshop 2015

4 – 6 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium

The proposed content of the workshop will be about:
– General practice across Europe;
–  Pollution prevention to avoid the application of ELD;
– Experience with implementation;
– Challenges in the assessment of a site’s situation and in remediation.


Conference Gasworks plants

8 – 10 November 2015, Ghent, Belgium

The Symposium is an on-going educational and networking event that focuses on specific issues related to the remediation and redevelopment of manufactured gas plant sites.

CSME 2015

16 November 2015,San Diego, CA, USA

CSME-2015 covers the following themes:
– Tools for Defining Impacts and Liabilities to Soil, Sediment and Water
– Tools for Mitigating Impacts to Soil, Sediment and Water
– Strategies for Managing Contaminated Soil, Sediment and Water
– Wastewater Treatment
– Management of Water Systems
– Vapor Intrusion Assessment and/or Mitigation


BodemBreed Symposium 2015

24 November 2015, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

BodemBreed has been the main conference on soil issues in the Netherlands for more than 25 years. 

Apart from the ‘classic’ theme of dealing with soil and groundwater contamination, the themes at BodemBreed this year include Spatial planning, Knowledge and innovation, Landfill management, and Water and Climate 

Sustrem 2016

22- 25 May 2016, Montréal, Québec, Canada

IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems which will be held in the Sheraton Hotel in Montréal, Québec, Canada.


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