Title: Contaminated sites in Europe: Review of the current situation based on data collected through a European Network
Authors: PANAGOS PanagiotisVAN LIEDEKERKE MarcYIGINI YUSUFMONTANARELLA Luca
Citation: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH vol. 2013 p. 1-11
Publisher: HINDAWI PUBLISHING CORPORATION
Publication Year: 2013
JRC N°: JRC81042
ISSN: 1687-9805
URI: http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2013/158764/
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC81042
DOI: 10.1155/2013/158764
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Under the EuropeanUnion (EU)Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection, the EuropeanCommission has identified soil contamination as a priority for the collection of policy-relevant soil data at European scale. In order to support EU soil management policies, soilrelated indicators need to be developed which requires appropriate data collection and establishment of harmonized datasets for the EU Member States. In 2011-12, the European Soil Data Centre of the European Commission conducted a project to collect data on contaminated sites from national institutions in Europe using the European Environment Information and Observation Network for soil (EIONET-SOIL). This paper presents the results obtained fromanalysing the soil contaminated sites data submitted by participating countries. According to the received data, the number of estimated potential contaminated sites is more than 2.5 million and the identified contaminated sites around 342 thousand. Municipal and industrial wastes contribute most to soil contamination (38%), followed by the industrial/commercial sector (34%).Mineral oil and heavymetals are themain contaminants contributing around 60% to soil contamination. In terms of budget, the management of contaminated sites is estimated to cost around 6 billion Euros (C) annually.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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