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Invitation to attend the International Commitee on Contaminated Land
10th - 11th September 2015 (ICCL 2015) - Melbourne, Australia

Combined with special workshops at clean up conference 13th - 17th September 2015

The Environment Protection Authorities of Australia, with the support of CRC CARE and ALGA, are privileged to invite you to the 12th meeting of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (ICCL) to be held in Melbourne (Australia) at the Oaks on Collins hotel (480 Collins Street, Melbourne, 3000) on the 10th and 11th of September 2015.

Online Registration for the 12th meeting of the ICCL is now open. To register, click here. Please complete your registration no later than the 30th of June 2015.

Download here the offical invitation letter.
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The ICCL is a bi-annual forum for information exchange and cooperation on issues relating to contaminated land and ground water. The group is comprised of government officials, senior national land remediation experts and program managers from countries facing contaminated land challenges around the world. This meeting has been taking in other countries since 1994, bringing together experts and policy makers from key land remediation and planning agencies.

This invitation is addressed to experts from environment ministries and other corresponding authorities. For practical reasons, the number of representatives per country is limited to 1 - 3 persons. If this limitation is an issue, please contact Dr. Dominique Darmendrail, Email: d.darmendrail@brgm.fr.

The four themes the 12th meeting of the ICCL 2015 will focus on are as follows:

  • Contaminated Site Remediation / Legal, Technical, Finance and social issues: country session advising on the current situation and where changes have occurred or are occurring.
  • Common ground for Sustainable Remediation: are there principles and policies that can be generally agreed to? What policies and processes are adopted in jurisdictions to achieve remedial outcomes that provide an acceptable risk, and minimise cost and resource usage balancing environmental, financial and social factors? Are there legal constraints that limit this?
  • Emerging contaminants: are there particular contaminants that are being found to be a significant problem either because they have been newly identified (eg fluorosurfactants (PFOS), solvents (eg 1,4 dioxane), or flame retardants), or because they have clean up criteria that are very costly or difficult to achieve (eg benzo(a)pyrene, lead, arsenic)? What are the regulatory approaches being adopted for identifying and managing such contamination?
  • Collaborative regeneration of land: how are countries approaching the Brownfields redevelopment opportunity? What is being achieved? What strategies are being adopted to facilitate development of Brownfields areas - either collaborative approaches, or policies or practices that encourage investment or simplify the regulatory processes? What still remain as impediments, and what might be the solution?

Prior to each meeting, the ICCL administers a survey to countries to be invited, to ensure substantive discussion at the meeting. The ICCL's survey for 2015 will focus on Collaborative regeneration of land. This survey will be distributed to key country representatives in the coming weeks.

It is important to note that participation of this meeting is free (no registration fees); however, participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Detailed travel and lodging information will be available on the ICCL website by January 2015.

We would also like to invite ICCL participants to present papers on one or more of this year's four themes. Interested parties should contact Dominique Darmendrail, Email: d.darmendrail@brgm.fr.

Meetings to be combined with the 12th meeting of the ICCL:

  • We would like to invite you to stay an extra day to participate in separate workshops with others involved in contaminated land management (industrial sector, researchers, land planners, NGOs, etc.) scheduled for the Monday 14th of September 2015 during the the CleanUp conference, wich will continue until 16th September. These workshops will include leading specialists giving a summary of the state of practice, and should be very informative. In addition, the large international CleanUp conference will continue until 16th September and ICCL delegates will be very welcome to register for the remaining days.
  • For the convenience of European Common Forum attendees, please note that the European Common Forum on Contaminated Land will be holding a special meeting for its members the day before the ICCL meeting on the 9th of September 2015 afternoon, at EPA Victoria (200 Victoria Street, Carlton).
  • Similarly, the Australian Contaminated Environments Network will separately hold a special meeting on the afternoon of September 9, 2015, at EPA Victoria.