- The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Remediation will be held in Ferrara, Italy, on September 17-19, 2014
- Call for abstracts & sessions: The 13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and (Ground)Water Resources (AquaConSoil) will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on June 9-12, 2015; proposal submissions are due November 30, 2014
- New Guideline: Contaminated land professionals, a compilation of policies, guidelines and efforts in the State of Queensland, Australia, to ensure that sites known to be contaminated or with potential contamination are managed in a way that will help prevent environmental and health risks; issued by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in August 2014
Global Efforts to Advance Remediation at Contaminated Sites
- AquaConSoil 2013
- ConSoil 2005-2010
- US and EU Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Remediation
- Organizations of Interest
Technology innovation efforts of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Superfund Program focus on advancing state of the practice for remediation of contaminated sites. Advanced practices based on new or updated technologies, improved processes, and evolving science allow USEPA and other stakeholders to clean up contaminated sites in a more efficient and sustainable manner while achieving our core mission of protecting human health and the environment.
”Just as no country is immune from the impacts of climate change, no country can meet this challenge alone. That is why it is imperative for the United States to couple action at home with leadership internationally. America must help forge a truly global solution to this global challenge by galvanizing international action to significantly reduce emissions (particularly among the major emitting countries), prepare for climate impacts, and drive progress through the international negotiations.“
The President's Climate Action Plan
U.S. Executive Office of the President; June 2013
In light of today's global economy and environment, USEPA and other agencies throughout the world recognize the need to continuously exchange information and leverage lessons learned by organizations and professionals in diverse situations. Sharing of the knowledge and experiences increases productivity within our global community and helps us collectively refine our site remediation practices in ways that address global issues such as climate change.
USEPA's Superfund Program, which focuses on the nation's contaminated sites of highest priority, continues to expand capabilities for exchanging information globally as well as domestically through online methods such as websites and Internet seminars and through periodic meetings and conferences.
Featured Venues for Global Exchange
- AquaConSoil, an international conference on soil-water systems in Europe
- US and EU Perspectives on Green and Sustainable Remediation, an Internet seminar series presented by the USEPA in conjunction with European Union members to exchange case studies and policy updates concerning green and sustainable remediation approaches for site cleanup
USEPA Involvement in Other Efforts
Through international programs managed by USEPA's Office of International and Tribal Affairs (OITA), the Agency collaborates with partners from around the world to facilitate commerce, promote sustainable development, and protect vulnerable populations. USEPA's Technology Information and Field Services Division, which manages the Agency's Superfund Program, works closely with OITA in partnerships such as the:
- International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL) (former Ad Hoc International Working Group on Contaminated Land), an informal forum for international exchange and cooperation concerning contaminated land and groundwater. Learn about the ICCL 2011 meeting in Washington, DC, and accompanying Innovative Approaches to Mining Site Remediation and Reuse Workshop .
- North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS), a forum for sharing technical, scientific, and policy information about social and environmental matters. The USEPA supported CCMS by directing pilot studies on several environmental topics. Learn more about the CCMS pilot studies.
- US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission Environmental Working Group (EWG), a partnership in which the USEPA and Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment work together to manage legacy waste sites and black carbon emissions in the Russian Arctic
To address language barriers potentially affecting advancement of site remediation practices across the globe, USEPA's Technology Information and Field Services Division periodically convenes non English-speaking events
- Eventos en Español. La Agencia de Protección Medioambiental de los EE.UU. presenta seminarios puntuales para profesionales en el tratamiento de suelos y aguas subterráneas contaminados. Estos seminarios, difundidos por internet, han sido diseñados con el fin de facilitar el intercambio de información y experiencias sobre soluciones para el tratamiento de suelos y aguas subterráneas contaminadas. Los seminarios son gratuitos y quedan grabados para su uso posterior público y gratuito. En seminaries archivados, conozca más sobre los eventos:
- Curso de Capacitación sobre Remediación de Sitios Contaminados
- Gestión de Sitios Contaminados en las Américas
- Acceso a Información Sobre Tecnologías de Tratamiento de Suelos y Aguas Subterráneas Contaminados
For more information on Global Efforts to Advance Remediation at Contaminated Sites, please contact:Carlos Pachon
Technology Integration and Information Branch
PH: (703) 603-9904 | Email: email@example.com