Survey of the most contaminated legacy sites2014-06-02
The Lithuanian Geological Survey (LGS) under the Ministry of Environment is surveying the legacy sites contaminated with chemical substances in the country’s urban areas. To this end, a project was started under the Contaminated Sites Management Plan for 2013-2020 approved by the Minister of Environment.
In half a year, by September 2012, it is planned to survey 150 contaminated sites in urban areas. With a cost estimate of more than LTL 4 million, the project is being financed from the European Regional Development Fund. It is the continuation of the project “Impact assessment of contaminated sites” that was implemented by LGS in 2009-2011 but is different for its focus on identifying and exploring contamination namely in urban areas. This will facilitate adjusting those areas for urban development in the future.
Plans are to collect all data on the facilities located in the urban sites whose operations were related to the use of hazardous materials in the past or which are using hazardous chemicals for their current operations and to include that data into the state geological information system. Once the potential sources of contamination are identified, a sequence list of surveys for the most hazardous sites will be developed.
According to the director of LGS, Jonas Satkūnas, priority is on the locations with the highest level of contamination based on a preliminary assessment. Fifty most contaminated sites will be explored in great detail in order to prepare their management plans. Municipalities will thus be able to make considerable savings as they will no longer need to take care of surveying and management plans for such sites. Municipalities will be encouraged to submit applications for EU support 2014-2020 for the management of the contaminated sites. A total of LTL 65 million from this support is intended to be allocated for this purpose.
Public information division
2 June 2014