“Workshop on the Management of Sites Contaminated with Pentachlorophenol and Recovery of Contaminated Urban Sites (Brownfields)”
Date: January 16, 2007
Place: Caesar Business Hotel, Santiago, Chile
Objective: Learn about Canada's experience in managing sites contaminated with pentachlorophenol and brownfields.
Lorenzo Caballero, National Plan National Coordinator, CONAMA.
Presentation: “Sites contaminated with POPs Component, National POPs Implementation Plan (NIP)”.
Alejandra Salas, Contaminated Sites Section, CONAMA.
Presentation: “Contaminated sites policy - Chilean priorities and national situation”.
Kathy Kitagawa, Contaminated Sites Section, Environment Canada.
Presentations: “Regulatory framework for contaminated sites in Canada - Management process, case studies (emphasis on pentachlorophenol)” and “Management of contaminated sites in Canada (emphasis on pentachlorophenol) and case studies”.
Marcia Wallace, Brownfields Coordinator, Planning and Development Division, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
Presentations: “Regulatory framework for contaminated sites (brownfields) in Ontario”, “Difficulties in rehabilitating contaminated urban sites and how legislation has facilitated the process" and "Rehabilitation of contaminated urban sites - Case studies".
Approximately 35 individuals from various productive sectors, NGOs, government agencies and environmental consultants attended the Workshop.
Public sector, professionals from the following institutions attended: CONAMA, central and regional levels, Public Health Institute, Ministry of Health, ODEPA, SAG, SEC, State Defence Council.
Private sector, professionals from various consulting companies in the country involved in environmental management attended.
NGOs: Greenpeace and RAP-AL were represented.
This Workshop was important in enhancing the actions the Government will take under its Contaminated Sites Policy, developing capacities and looking for the support and understanding of the various sectors, essential conditions for the success of measures to be taken in the coming years.
In addition, within the framework of the NIP, the Government will produce an inventory of sites contaminated with pentachlorophenol in wood-producing areas of the country, for which reason this workshop will strengthen the dialog on this subject between the public and private sectors and the community in general, while raising awareness and building capacities in state institutions, which will facilitate the implementation of this and other complementary measures.
Contaminated sites management in Canada has an approach similar to what Chile wants to implement in the future, for which reason Canada's experience is of the greatest importance in facilitating the work to be done in the country.
The various sectors involved in the environmental management of sites contaminated with pentachlorophenol and brownfields are aware of the importance of taking measures with their collaboration and participation.
The Workshop and the framework in which it was held made it possible to create communication and experience-sharing links between CONAMA and Environment Canada in the area of chemical substance and contaminated site management, which will allow greater sharing of experiences among their professionals in the future.
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