Test of a more environmental friendly and cost effective way to provide the capping

The North Adriatic Sea Port Authority is focusing its Pilot Action on the Porto Marghera Industrial Area, in particular in the so called Montesyndial area.

  • Characteristics of the Porto Marghera Industrial area:
    • Size: 1828 ha
    • Location: on the edge of the Venice lagoon
    • Ownership: 35% public, 65% private

  • Main issues/problems of the Porto Marghera Industrial area:
    • Specific contamination of soil and groundwater deriving from the former petrochemical production
    • Sanitary risk posed by contamination: in particular, potential impacts on population due to the presence of 9 factories using dangerous substances
    • Serious hazard for Venice lagoon due to pollution of groundwater of the site
    • In 49% of the total area the remediation projects have been approved by relevant public authorities but have been completed only in 14% of the area (241 ha)
    • Fragmentation of the governance process in different levels of competence – national, regional, local
    • Intrinsic complexity of the clean-up and administrative procedures
    • Progressive crisis of the industrial production in the site

  • Needs and Goals:
    • testing a more environmental friendly and cost effective way to provide the capping in the so-called Montesyndial area
    • The final aim is to check the stability of the soil over which the environmental capping will be realized for a container terminal, that is foreseen to be built 
    • The main scope of the capping is to interrupt the pathways of contaminants from the underground water, and also to provide statics quality to the container terminal pavement

  • Pilot Action Activities and Pilot Investment
    The Pilot Action activities are:
    • Protocol procedure on excavation activities
    • Technical Procedure on excavation activities
    • Procedure on how to dispose of the excavated material
    • Environmental and geotechnical assessment of the capping
    • Test results on environmental and geotechnical innovative capping

  • A Pilot Investment: is implemented to test a more environmental friendly and cost effective way to provide the capping. The capping is tested from an environmental and geotechnical point of view. The soil gas monitoring is developed in collaboration with Veneto Region and ARPAV, the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection and Prevention of Veneto.

  • Meetings with stakeholders are organized in cooperation with the City of Venice and Veneto Region to discuss and acquire feedback on the Pilot Action.