NICOLA held their third Annual Conference at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, on 31 October and 1 November 2017. The theme for this year’s conference was “The Status Quo and the Way Forward – Connect, Innovate and Implement”.
In South Africa, an enabling legislative environment was formalised when the National Norms and Standards for the Remediation of Contaminated Land and Soil Quality (Norms and Standards) were promulgated in May 2014, listing Soil Screening Values for different land use and water resource exposures based on the Framework for the Management of Contaminated Land (Framework). This reinforced the risk based approach and the use of the source-pathway-receptor analysis as an integral part of any contaminated land management within South Africa. The NICOLA conferences will continue to dedicate sessions to converge on a common understanding of the implementation of the legislation. It will also continue to discuss and publish position papers in various stages of development.
Currently position papers are being developed on the:
- Interpretation of “significantly polluted land”;
- Management of LNAPLs;
- Groundwater screening process; and
- Vapour intrusion.
The conference had the following keynote speakers:
- Dr. Mpho Tshitangoni, Director: Contaminated Land, DEA;
- Mr. Fanus van Wyk: Land Rehabilitation Society of South Africa;
- Ms. Nerusha Govender, Chair of NICOLA; and
- Mr. Marcus van Zutphen, NICOLE.