Environmental Remediation

The environmental project involved the following actions:


1. Excavation, transportation and safe deposition of polluted soils, derived from various positions within the borders of LTCP, at a specially formed location, within the Park. The specific project included the formation of a Hazardous Waste Landfill Site, designed according to the strictest technical and environmental specifications. Within the Landfill Site, polluted soils representing significant hazard for both human health and the ecosystem, were safely deposited. All removed polluted solis were embankment filled and substituted with clean ones. After completion of the aforementioned procedures, the Landfill Site was permanently closed and sealed and all environmental parameters regarding its normal function are constantly monitored.

2. Formation of an underground space, within the borders of LTCP, for purposes of accepting special hazardous waste which, for technical and environmental safety reasons, cannot mix with soils deposited at the Landfill Site. Those wastes, similarly to polluted soils mentioned above, are by-products of the former mining-metallurgical activities developed at LTCP and today can be found in several positions within the Park. They mainly consist of arsenic compounds and the will be deposited in specific barrels and bags, permitting their safe and long term deposition at the underground space. It should be emphasized that, only waste present in LTCP will be transferred in the underground space and under no circumstances waste from other sources will be accepted.

     

       Construction workings for the formation of the underground space in LTCP

Underground space in LTCP (photo 1)

 
Underground space in LTCP  (photo 2)

3. Targeting on the environmental reinforcement of the aforementioned large scale technical projects, a Laboratory specialized in environmental measurements was founded, in an existing building at LTCP. The Laboratory monitors and records all environmental parameters of the technical projects, during both their construction and operation by conducting specialized analyses and in-situ measurements regarding all environmental means (soil, water and air).

Environmental Laboratory (photo 1)

 

Environmental Laboratory (photo 2)

Konophagos Building

Furthermore, another important environmental project is under implementation, concerning decontamination and rehabilitation of a heavily polluted and with significant static problems building (“Konofagos Building”). The particular project is also funded by the Ministry of Development and the EU.

For the implementation of the above projects, all the requisite assessments and studies, according to the EU and Greek legislation, have been conducted and their implementation was fulfilled following all the necessary health and safety measures. During the approval procedure of all studies and permissions, the opinion of all local Sectors was asked, according to the national legislative framework. Especially as far as it concerns the Environmental Impact Assessment of the Landfill Site, it was approved by the local Municipality Board. It should be also marked the continual and assiduous monitoring for the proper construction and operation of the projects, by the assistance of the LTCP and other NTUA Laboratories. Monitoring is not only restricted to the implementation of the environmental terms concerning the particular projects, but it expands to the implementation of additional measurements and tests so as to highlight the rehabilitation project as a prototype for the construction of similar works, especially in terms of safety and environmental protection.

The particular environmental intervention has already confronted with the significant pollution problem of the LTCP which represented the main pollution source of the greater area. On the other hand, that environmental project may represent a significant source of expertise for dealing with similar environmental issues, mainly within the greater area of Lavreotiki, but also in other areas of Greece confronting with similar matters.

On behalf of NTUA, the scientific Committee responsible for the project is always available for communication with residents of the broader area or their representatives, so as to provide any further clarifications concerning the project. Furthermore, an integrated program for the diffusion of project’s results is under implementation.