The identification and the remediation of contaminated sites, the unwanted legacies from the past, have been among the main tasks in environmental protection
in Germany over the last 30 years.
However, the problem of contaminated sites is not unique to Germany. Other industrialised countries are facing a similar situation.
Short-term-profit interests, a lack of statutory regulations, but also insufficient knowledge of potential hazards, have all led to the situation where
we now need to invest much effort and substantial financial resources to eliminate environmental damage whose origin often dates back many decades.
In this 24-page brochure, the International Centre for Soil and Contaminated Sites (ICSS) presents
30 years of German engagement in management and remediation of contaminated sites, describing
the key elements like identification, investigation, risk assessment, remediation, after-care, and the
legal and policy framework.
The ICSS is a part of the Federal Environmental Agency and was established by the Federal Ministry
for Education and Research. The aim is to promote knowledge transfer in soil protection for global
For more information contact the
Federal Environmental Agency, Dept. II 4.3 – ICSS, PO Box 33 00 22, 14191 Berlin – GERMANY,
Fax ++49-30 / 8903 3203, e-Mail: ICSS@uba.de