In November 2009 NICOLE held a workshop in Douai, France about site closure.
The proceedings of this meeting are now available for download at:
Historic land contamination has arisen through a variety of past practices that did not take account of the environment, including processes of industrial
change as businesses changed on a site. These changes may have been triggered by a forced closure (for example as a result of an industry going out of business),
a planned sale or a planned relocation. These processes of change continue today. It is important that these changes to do not give rise to land contamination
of the future. Consequently disengagement from a site needs to be handled as an environmental management process.
The objective of this workshop was to understand how site closure can be conducted in a smooth and effective manner. Its topics included:
Examples of remediation cases under complex site closure conditions
Cases of site closure that either went as planned or cases where there were lessons were to be learned.
Social, environmental, legal/contractual or financial aspects