What is land remediation?

Land remediation means essentially to "clean up” a contaminated soil, bringing it back to a productive use. In Italy, more than two-thirds of land remediation involve brownfield sites; this percentage gives us a clear picture of the severe environmental liabilities, which we can still turn into great opportunities.

Let’s discover the first four stages of a remediation process.

The first step is a remedial investigation. We assess soil or water contamination of the site and gather information to carry on further activities.

We then perform a feasibility study that evaluates possible remedies. The FS becomes the basis for selection of a remedy that best suits the site. We choose the type of intervention by assessing technical, economic, logistical and political conditions.

All the process finally results in a remedial action plan, describing in detail the cleanup that will be carried out and documenting all the necessary information about the applied technologies.

All the planning stages have to be validated by the meeting of local authorities, i.e. the council of Ascoli Piceno, the regional and provincial government, Arpam, the local health Authority, and the Tronto river basin authorities.

Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.
- But which is the stone that supports the bridge?" - Kublai Khan asks.
- The bridge is not supported by one stone or another, - Marco answers, - but by the line of the arch that they form."
Kublai Khan remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds:
- Why do you speak to me of the stones? It is only the arch that matters to me.
Polo answers:
- Without stones there is no arch.
(Invisible Cities, by Italo Calvino)


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