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LOCAL CONTAMINATION IN SVALBARD: OVERVIEW AND SUGGESTIONS FOR REMEDIATION ACTIONS
Granberg, M.E., A. Ask, and G.W. Gabrielsen.
Norwegian Polar Institute (NPI), Kortrapport/Brief Report no. 044, 51 pp, 2017

Norway has a well-developed system for classification and risk assessment of contaminated soil sites within the temperate mainland, but a corresponding system is not fully developed for the Norwegian Arctic. Unremediated sites harboring local pollution from historical human activities, such as abandoned settlements, mining areas, and military installations, may become important contributors to Arctic pollution. Human and industrial activities often are situated along the coasts in Arctic areas for logistic reasons. NPI was assigned to compile experiences from remedial actions performed in contaminated soil sites of the Svalbard area and also to evaluate current remediation methods relevant to areas with an Arctic climate and limited possibilities for disposal of contaminated soil. This report (1) provides a brief review of polluted sites and their sources in Svalbard, (2) describes currently available and appropriate remediation techniques, and (3) offers brief guidance on future actions regarding contaminated sites in Svalbard. The review is informed by example remediation projects carried out in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. https://brage.bibsys.no/xmlui/bitstream/handle/11250/2456307/Kortrapport44.pdf



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