The meeting report for the NICOLE Workshop: 'Sediments and sludges:
an issue for industry', held 13-14 May 2004 in Frankfurt, Germany is now
available for downloading.
The May 2004 NICOLE workshop at Frankfurt focused on the management
of contaminated sediments and industrial sludges. EU soil and water
legislation is now moving towards a more integrated approach of
contaminated land, water and sediments, a 'system approach'. Sediments
are therefore growing in importance to industry. Likewise, many industrial
companies have to deal with impoundments at their sites, containing
This workshop dealt with the many challenges to be overcome in managing
contaminated sediments and sludges. It focused on recent policy and
legislative developments in sediment/sludge management and effective
approaches and technologies for mitigation and clean-up. Presentations
also addressed liability aspects (what is facing industry?) and technical
issues regarding environmental forensics, sediment and sludge
characterisation and promising treatment methods. Papers were arranged
in several themes:
* examples of the type and scale of problems
* use of forensics
* legislation, liability and management.
Discussions focused on sustainable solutions for sediment and sludge
management for different stakeholder groups.
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