Sustainable remediation

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Sustainable Remediation is a term adopted internationally and encompasses sustainable approaches, as described by the Brundtland Report, to the investigation, assessment and management (including institutional controls) of potentially contaminated land and groundwater.[1]

The process of identifying Sustainable Remediation is defined by The UK Sustainable remediation Forum (SuRF-UK)[2] as “the practice of demonstrating, in terms of environmental, economic and social indicators, that the benefit of undertaking remediation is greater than its impact, and that the optimum remediation solution is selected through the use of a balanced decision-making process.”


  1. ^ Bardos, P; B. Bone; R. Boyle; D. Ellis; F. Evans; N.D. Harries; J.W.N. Smith (2011). "Applying Sustainable Development Principles to Contaminated Land Management Using the SuRF-UK Framework". Remediation. 21 (2): 77–100. 
  2. ^ CL:AIRE - SuRF UK

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