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February 3, 2012 - Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments will take place May 23-25, 2012 in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. In addition to identifying sources, types, and behavior of contaminants, objectives include discussing/sharing sustainable options for management of contaminated sediments in marine/freshwater environments for restoration of surface water, debating future directions/visions; and promoting multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies.

ASTM International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of Aquatic Environment

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West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: January 26, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-The Fifth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments will be held May 23-25, 2012, at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec City, Canada. ASTM International Committee D18 on Soil and Rock is sponsoring the symposium.

The major objectives of the symposium are to:

  • Identify sources, types, and behavior of contaminants;
  • Discuss and share the state of art of sustainable options for the management of contaminated sediments in marine and freshwater environments for restoration of surface water;
  • Provide a forum to debate future directions and visions in terms of technical, environmental and economical perspectives; and
  • Promote multilevel involvement and participation of stakeholders in restoration strategies.

    The symposium aims to attract a wide variety of papers and audience from multidisciplinary backgrounds. Specific topics to be covered would include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Source control, sustainability indicators, fate and transport of contaminants,
  • Ecotoxicology and bioavailability, port and harbour management, sSediment quality assessment tools, beneficial reuse strategies for dredged materials, combined treatments;
  • In-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies, natural recovery processes;
  • Sediment transport, risk assessment and decision making, sampling, monitoring and performance evaluation, habitat restoration and biodiversity; and
  • Sediment and site characterization, marine sediments, fresh water sediments, policies and regulations.

    A number of case studies have been identified and are expected to include the Great Lakes (United States and Canada), St. Lawrence River (United States and Canada), European harbors, lakes and rivers in Japan, in addition to others.

    Online registration is now open and closes May 16. Please note onsite registration will not be accepted for this event. The fees to attend this symposium are $550 USD for ASTM members, non-members and presenters. The fee for students is $165 USD.

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    Additional technical information is available from the symposium co-chairs Catherine N. Mulligan, Ph.D., Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec City, Canada (phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 4212;; and S. Samuel Li, Ph.D., Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec City, Canada (phone: 514-848-2424, ext. 3033;

    ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

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