Title: Environmental impacts of soil remediation activities: quantitative and qualitative tools applied on three case studies
Authors: Cappuyns, ValĂ©rie # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann, Ltd
Series Title: Journal of Cleaner Production vol:52 pages:145-154
Abstract: When evaluating remediation technologies for contaminated soil and groundwater, the beneficial effects
of the remediation are mostly emphasized without consideration of the environmental impacts of the
remediation activities themselves. Nevertheless, different qualitative and quantitative methods to estimate
the environmental impacts of soil remediation activities are available. In the present study, three
case studies were worked out, for which several remediation options were evaluated for a soil and
groundwater contamination with mineral oil and benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene, based on
data of the soil remediation project itself or on data from pilot projects. The evaluation tools that were
simultaneously used for all the case studies consisted of the ‘Best Available Technique not Entailing
Excessive Costs’ method, a life cycle-based evaluation method and a CO2 calculator. The results highlight
the most important aspects to take into account for the evaluation of the environmental footprint of soil
remediation activities and provide a guidance for environmental impacts assessment within the
framework of contaminated site management.
ISSN: 0959-6526
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Division of Geology
Research Centre for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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