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Soil remediation – a method to prevent environmental damage

2015-02-05

Over 51,600 tonnes of soil, sludge and water polluted by petroleum and its products were handled in the modern sites of the public agency Soil Remediation Technologies set up by the Ministry of Environment. Each year these works help prevent environmental damage that could amount to tens of thousands of euro.

Soil, sludge and water polluted by petroleum products are treated in the sites of the public agency Soil Remediation Technologies located in Jonava and Klaipėda. Since the establishment of this agency in 1997, almost 266,000 tonnes of polluted soils, water and sludge waste have been treated in these and temporary sites. Cleaning works were carried out in the former missile facility in the Gulbiniškės village, Jonava district, the former oil facility in the Pavermenis village, Kėdainiai district, the territory of the former boiler-house in Druskininkai, as well as the polluted areas in the Dreverna village, Klaipėda district, the territory of the Mindaugas Secondary School in Vilnius, etc.

More than 5,000 tonnes of oil products were removed from the natural environment and biologically decomposed. It is estimated that these works helped prevent environmental damage amounting to more than EUR 180,000.

The treatment of soil and water polluted by petroleum products is necessary for cleaning the abandoned areas of former factories, energy, oil, asphalt-concrete and missile facilities, petrol stations, boiler-houses, pesticide warehouses and dumping sites.

Established in the district of Klaipėda and renovated last year, the laboratory of the public agency Soil Remediation Technologies determines whether the soil, sludge and water in a certain territory are contaminated. When the quantity of petroleum products in the samples has been determined, the most appropriate method to treat soil and water is chosen.

Once petroleum products are released into the ground surface, they have a negative environmental impact and kill living organisms. No economic, industrial or recreational activities can be carried out in contaminated areas. In case of high permeable soil, petroleum products can reach and contaminate ground water.

The treated soil is not dangerous and can be used for planting industrial areas, recultivating quarries, forming road subgrades or planting their slopes.

Public Information Division
5 February 2015


Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas