Monitoring of the air quality in
brownfields subject to remediation

Veneto Region is focusing its Pilot Action on the Porto Marghera Industrial Area. In the implementation of the Pilot Action and Investment, Veneto Region is supported by ARPAV - Regional Environmental Agency

  • Characteristics of the brownfield:
    Despite its decline, the industrial site of Porto Marghera is still active and remains an economic node of the Venetian and Veneto Region area, with 841 economic activities and 10.480 employees  
    • Since 1998 (Law n. 426/1998) it is declared "Remediation Site of National Interest" because of its potential impact on the environment, due to its surface extension and risk posed by contaminants
    • Size: 1828 ha
    • Location: on the edge of the Venice lagoon
    • Ownership: 35% public, 65% private

  • Main issues/problems:
    • 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

  • Goals and needs:
    The whole pilot action and related investments aim to put in place a system to monitor the air quality in Porto Marghera in order to define the specific soil-gas reference levels in sites subject to remediation.

  • Pilot Action Activities:
    • Collection of concrete proposals for requalification (procedures and projects)
    • Preliminary study on the monitoring of the air quality in Porto Marghera
    • Design and Implementation of the monitoring system
    • Assessment of the effectiveness of the monitoring system
    • Surveillance Committee for evaluation and control of the monitoring system
    • Pilot Action Report

  • Pilot Investment: Monitoring of the air quality for the proper definition of the remediation process
    and for ensuring the safety of the area in Porto Marghera

    A Pilot Investment is necessary to carry out the Pilot Action. The investment aims at setting up a system for monitoring the air quality for the identification of site specific soil-gas reference levels to be used for the proper definition of remediation process of the contaminated sites in Porto Marghera. The investment
    consists in the implementation of the air quality monitoring network system and in the positioning of the sensor devices.

  • Meeting with stakeholders are organized in cooperation with the City of Venice and the Port of Venice to discuss and acquire feedback on the Pilot Action