Industrial zone is a disaster for the environment
For historical reasons, many contaminated sites are situated in or close to densely populated urban areas, increasing the potential impact of the contamination on nearby populations. Revitalizing and remediating these sites therefore not only addresses environment and health issues of contamination, but also provides opportunities for urban development.
“The legacy of contaminated sites is an ignored and underestimated health challenge, and rightfully established as one of the priority themes of the Ostrava Declaration on Environment and Health,” notes Sinaia Netanyahu, Programme Manager on Environment and Health Impact Assessment at the WHO European Centre for Environment and Health.
The redevelopment of contaminated sites entails various challenges and may cause continued or new environmental and health consequences if contamination risks are not properly managed and/or contaminated sites are not remediated.