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Title: Applying Sustainable Development Principles to Contaminated Land Management Using the SuRF-UK Framework 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: United Kingdom 
Year: 2011 
Availability: Remediation Journal Spring 2011 pp 77-100 
Author 1/Producer: Bardos, R.P. 
Other Authors/Producers: Bone, B. D. , Boyle, R., Ellis, D., Evans, F., Harries, N. and Smith, J.W.N. 
Author / Producer Type: Professional / trade / industry associations, institutes or networks 
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://www.claire.co.uk/index.php?option=com_phocadownload&v ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Cost benefit analysis-->Cost benefit analysis overview
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Selection of remediation options
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Strategies
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Assessment tools
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Economic
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Environmental
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Social
Contaminated land-->Wider impacts / sustainability-->Sustainable / green remediation
 
Short description: In the past decade, management of historically contaminated land has largely been based on prevention of unacceptable risks to human health and the environment, to ensure a site is ‘fit for use’. More recently, interest has been shown in including sustainability as a decision-making criterion. Sustainability concerns include the environmental, social, and economic consequences of risk management activities themselves, and also the opportunities for wider benefit beyond achievement of risk-reduction goals alone. In the UK, this interest has led to the formation of a multi-stakeholder initiative, the UK Sustainable Remediation Forum (SuRF-UK). This article presents a framework for assessing “sustainable remediation”; describes how it links with the relevant regulatory guidance; reviews the factors considered in sustainability; and the appraisal tools that have been applied to evaluate the wider benefits and impacts of land remediation. The article also describes how the framework relates to recent international developments, including emerging European Union legislation and policy. A large part of this debate has taken place in the “grey” literature which we review. It is proposed that a practical approach to integrating sustainability within risk-based contaminated land management offers the possibility of a substantial step forward for the remediation industry, and a new opportunity for international consensus. 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 18/04/2011