The conference will be a great opportunity for technical discussion and exchange of experiences.

The event is addressed primarily to representatives of government organizations, consultants, lawyers as well as owners or potential buyers of contaminated areas.





Registration. Welcome coffee and tea
Soil and groundwater regulations in Germany

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Since about 20 years soil and groundwater protection in Germany is governed by the Federal Soil Protection Act (BBodSchG) and subordinated ordinance (BBodSchV). Although there is no legal obligation, it is advised to identify liabilities related to potential soil and groundwater contamination in connection with a property transfer. In Germany, the “polluter pays” principle applies, but also other parties can be held liable, e.g. the legal successor of the polluter or the occupants of the property. Whether remediation is required, is evaluated case-by-case, depending on results of a detailed soil and groundwater investigation including risk assessment. Contamination must be notified to the authorities. The presentation will report about challenges and lessons learned working for the past 20 years in contaminated land management business in Germany.

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Klaus Schnell
Soil and groundwater regulations and remediation in Sweden

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Contaminated land has been an important topic in Sweden since the early or mid-1990s. It means that this became an issue in Sweden later than other western European countries like the UK, the Netherlands and Germany. For a long time, the regulation regarding contaminated land was characterized by a conservative approach where exemptions from the generic guideline values where rare and remediation was usually performed through excavation and transport to landfills. In later years, the acceptance has become higher for in situ remediation, both among authorities and problem owners. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency is now actively working for an increased use of other methods than excavation. This is mainly driven by other environmental concerns such as global warming caused by transports and a general wish to reduce deposition of waste. Per Johansson will also give many examples from projects in Sweden.

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Per Johansson
Importance of risk assessment when developing brownfield sites in UK
Sophie Penney
Q&A session
Jakub Kraczkiewicz
Coffee break and networking
3 years of a “new” assessment of the soil contamination in Poland

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The aim of this speech is to present a functioning of the Ordinance of the Minister of the Environment regarding the contaminated land assessment dated 1 September 2016 (Journal of Laws pos. 1395, dated 5 September 2016) for environmental protection sector. The presentation also includes adventages and disadventages of the indicated regulations and the most common mistakes in documents.

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Karolina Motyka
Identification of potential historical soil contamination - case studies

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This presentation details current formal and legal regulations and problems connected to the identification and creation of the potential historical soil contamination list (PHZPZ). There will be presetned an original methodical approach of identification PHZZ applied in Katowice city, which includes: (1) anlyze and choice of both information source and cartographic documents, (2) identification of entities conducting economic / industrial activity before 30th April 2017, (3) locating of probably contaminated lands, (4) obtaining other nessesery information and associating them with identified properties. The applied solutions allowed to solved problems revealed during preparation of the PHZPZ list for Katowice city. The proposed solutions can be also used to modify and improved current using regulations for PHZPZ identyfication

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Eleonora Wcisło
Jacek Długosz
Ewa Błaszczyk
Włodzimierz Łukasik
Procedure and legal consequences of site registration as potential historical soil contamination

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According to art. 101 c paragraph 3 of the Act of 27 April 2001 Environmental Protection Law (Journal of Laws of 2019, item 1396, as amended), the Regional Director of Environmental Protection, by way of an administrative decision shall register the potential historical soil contamination. The entry should be addressed to the ruler of the site and should be registered no later than 6 months from obtaining a list of potentially contaminated sites. The presentation will discuss the procedure and legal consequences of entry to the register, with particular emphasis on the experience of environmental protection authorities in the process of applying the law.

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Michał Borowiak
Impact of military activities on the contamination of the Baltic Sea sediments

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After the Second World War chemical and conventional ammunition were dumped. It supposed to be deposited in the sediment of Bornholm and Gotland Deeps and it was assumed that the period of persistence of metal packages with Chemical Warfare Agents (CWA) is 150 years. However, projects conducted by Baltic Sea countries indicated the presence of 60 tons of mustard gas in Gdansk Deep and Slupsk Farrow, which confirmed that the unofficial dumpsites existed. Much earlier, it was established that they started noticing presence of CWA in the marine environment which resulted in fisherman skin burns and contamination of fish. Moreover, an increase in arsenic and mercury concentration in Baltic sediments within the area of dumped ammunition was noticed.

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Karolina Gębka
Q&A session
Agnieszka Skorupińska
Microplastic - an invisible threat

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Environmental protection is our duty, although it seems that these words have a little meaning in today's consumer society. We produce waste mountains, and their main component are plastics. This is the problem that we are fighting with. But when we do not understand Our enemy, it is difficult to win. Are we aware of the danger that this seemingly harmless-looking material brings to us. The material that we use to produce a huge part of today's goods? Oceans and seas are covering already nearly 72% of the globe. Drinking water is only 2.5% of all waters and its quality is really surprising. Is plastic micro-particles a significant component of it?

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Rafał Łazanowski
Two new remediation technologies for treating high contaminant concentrations in groundwater

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This presentation will introduce two new in situ technologies designed to treat high concentrations of contaminants, cost-effectively and with minimal site disturbance. The talk will discuss the theory behind each remedial technique, what contaminants can be treated and in which geological settings. The first part of the talk will focus on an innovative in situ chemical reduction (ISCR) reagent comprising colloidal ZVI (cZVI) particles which are highly dispersible in the ground. The second part of the presentation will introduce a specially formulated activated carbon and electron acceptor amendment designed to target petroleum hydrocarbon plumes and spills. Applied by injection or directly into excavations, the technology can be used for oil spills, fuel filling stations and as part of active remedial strategies.

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Gareth Leonard
Combined remediation technologies for enhanced in-situ vapor, soil and groundwater LNAPL and DNAPL remediation

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This presentation details the predominant factors that limit the efficacy of most physical, biological and chemical remediation methods, and practical strategies to overcome these limitations, and how the combination of remediation technologies can achieve synergistic enhancement of LNAPL and DNAPL site remediation. The presentation will be supported with technical references, animation and applied case studies form.

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George (Bud) Ivey
Q&A session
Piotr Kociołek
Coffee break and networking
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Karolina Gębka
Oceanographer, Lion Environmental
Karolina Gębka is an Oceanographer with chemical samples analysis experience (in particular Hg and radioactive isotopes). Karolina is a co-author of the assessment of Polish Baltic Sea regions environment status, assessment of surface water quality and reports of radioactivity in atmosphere. Moreover, Karolina has an experience in research projects which resulted in the publishing of more than 10 English research papers. Currently, she works as a Junior Environmental Consultant in Lion Environmental supporting team with environmental protection projects.

George (Bud) Ivey
President and senior remediation specialist, Ivey International Inc.
George (Bud) Ivey, is the president and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. He is an environmental professional with thirty years of assessment and remediation experience, has travelled to over 50 countries, and worked on more than 2500 environmental projects globally. His educational background includes: Synthetic-Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. He has developed many innovative remediation technologies, and holds several International product and process patents. Recently developed an environmentally safe replacement for AFFF fire-fighting foams, that is PFOA and PFOS free and biodegradable. Over the last two decades he has won many international environmental awards such as: "Best Environmental & Remediation Solutions Company 2019" and "2018 Technology Merit Remediation Award".

Per Johansson
Environmental consultant, WSP Sweden
Per Johansson has a Ph. Lic. in Quaternary geology, from the University of Lund. His thesis handled the deglaciation in north west Poland and was prepared in cooperation with Polish Geological Institute in Szczecin. After this, He has worked with the geochemical mapping program in Sweden, mineral exploration and for the last 22 years as consultant undertaking site investigations, risk assessments and remediation work for a wide range of clients, specializing in landfills, railway sidings, petrol stations and heavy industries such as foundries and paper mills.

Piotr Kociołek
Environmental director Europe, Panattoni Europe
Piotr Kociołek: born in Poland, living in Italy. A graduate of the Faculty of Chemistry at the University of Turin. All his career concentrates on environmental science, for 24 years Piotr has been working as an environmental consultant, and since 2016 he is a an European Director of Environmental Protection for Panattoni Development Europe. He is a full Member of the British IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment). Piotr's main scope of professional experience is as following: environmental site assessments for industrial and commercial facilities (Phase I ESA (environmental site assessment), Phase II ESA, EDD (environmental due diligence)), planning and implementation of remediation projects, including estimation and calculation of environmental / remedial costs related to transactions (M&A - mergers and acquisitions).

Jakub Kraczkiewicz
Principal consultant, ERM Poland
Jakub Kraczkiewicz is a Certified Hydrogeologist and Principal Consultant at ERM Poland. He has been with the Site Investigation and Risk Assessment / Remediation Management Team since 2007. Before joining ERM, he worked for 8 years at Hydrogeotechnika Sp. z o.o. on Site Investigation and Remediation projects. His professional experience comprises Remedial Planning, Design and Operations, Risk-Based Remediation Limitation and Closure, Contaminant Fate and Transport Modelling, as well as Site Investigation including Baseline/Exit Studies and Phase I & II Environmental Due-Diligence Assessments. Jakub has participated in over 50 Site Investigation and Remediation projects in Poland and other European countries.

Gareth Leonard
Managing director, Regenesis in Europe
Gareth is the Managing Director of Regenesis in Europe, in which role he manages a dedicated team of in situ remediation specialists to provide the design and implementation of remedial solutions for contaminated groundwater, on behalf of environmental consultants, remediation contractors and site owners. Gareth has worked in the remediation industry for 17 years. He joined REGENESIS Europe in 2006 as the District Manager of the UK and Scandinavia, in which role he successfully managed all product sales, services and customer support across the region. Prior to REGENESIS, Gareth gained his expertise as a Senior Project Manager at a remediation contracting firm and as a Lead Drilling Fluids Engineer in offshore oil exploration. Gareth holds a Certificate of Technical Competence (4TMHCL), a MSc in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, and a BSc (Hons) in Geology from the University of Leeds.

Rafał Łazanowski
Business development manager, WESSLING Polska sp. z o.o.
Rafał Łazanowski is a business development manager at WESSLING Polska. Associated with the company since 2016. During his career he has worked on remediation projects, IED baseline reports, analysis of ground and water samples. Currently he is focused on emission measurements branch and the BREEAM certifications. Human impact on the environment was present also in his life before, throughout the products for energy-saving and passive constructions.

Karolina Motyka
The main specialist in damage in the environment, RDOŚ Wrocław
Karolina Motyka is the main specialist in damage in the environment at the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection. Karolina has many years of experience in verification of environmental documents (in particular in the area of remediation projects and plans). She is an absolvent of several environmental studies.

Magda Pavlak-Chiaradia
Partner and managing director, ERM Poland
Magdalena Pavlak-Chiaradia is Partner and Managing Director in ERM Poland, Warsaw office. Ms. Pavlak--Chiaradia has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Geology and Marine Science from Northeastern University, Boston and an MBA from Endicott College, Beverly Massachusetts. After being educated and spending most of her professional career in the United States, she returned to Poland in 2011. Prior to working for ERM, she was the Poland Country Manager within an international environmental engineering consulting company. Currently she is on the Board of Directors at the American Chamber of Commerce and at the Polish-American Fulbright Commission. Magdalena Pavlak-Chiaradia managed over 1,500 modified Phase I evaluations, conducted and managed storm water audits for over 100 facilities annually in the U.S. Ms. Pavlak-Chiaradia professional experience in Poland involves deconstruction and reclamation supervision, land leasing activities, regulatory analysis, and permitting, baseline investigation / due diligence at drill pads and construction management during the construction of the well pads.

Michał Borowiak
Head of the environmental damage and nature conservation unit, GDOŚ
MSc. forest sciences, graduated from Postgraduate Studies in Environmental Protection Law at the Faculty of Law, Administration and Economics of the University of Wrocław. Michał specializes in nature conservation law, planning law, impact assessment on areas subject to legal protection (including Natura 2000) and environmental damage. He is also interested in entomology (grasshoppers, butterflies and moths), faunology and ecology. Michał has many years of experience in spatial planning and nature conservation, including Natura 2000 areas (since 2006), as well as environmental damage (since 2014). He gained experience working in various public administration units responsible for environmental protection (Ministry of Environment, Mazowiecki Voivodship Office in Warsaw). Author or co-author of several scientific publications in the field of entomology and law. Participant of numerous scientific conferences. Currently Head of the Environmental Damage and Nature Conservation Unit in the Department of Administrative Rulings of the General Directorate for Environmental Protection. From 2018, Deputy Chairman of the Workgroup on Environmental Damage as part of the National Network “Partnership: Environment for Development".

PhD Klaus Schnell
Partner, Head of contaminated site management team of Central Europe, ERM GmbH
PhD Klaus Schnell is a Partner with ERM GMbHbased in Frankfurt, Germany. Klaus is a Geologist by education and is holding a PhD in Hydrogeology from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). He is the Head of ERM’s Contaminated Site Management team in Central Europe and Eurasia. In this role he is responsible for structuring and leading highly qualified project teams in managing large scale and complex site investigation and remediation projects.Working for more than twenty years in the contaminated land and remediation business, he accumulated extensive experience as a project director and senior advisor in managing contaminated land issues. Klaus has been involved in contaminated land projects in many countries.

Agnieszka Skorupińska
Advocate, Counsel and Head of Environmental Law Practice, CEE and Poland, CMS

Agnieszka Skorupińska specialises in Polish and EU environmental protection and natural resources law. For over 11 years she has advised companies on regulatory issues, investment projects, environmental aspects of real property transactions, mergers and acquisitions, as well as funding processes. For many years she has also successfully represented clients in administrative and court proceedings concerning environmental protection law. She has led projects concerning historical soil surface contamination, environmental damage, baseline report, environmental permits, protection of air quality (including EU ETS), waste and water management, noise management and REACH. She has worked for companies from the energy, chemical, metallurgic, cement, construction, waste, FMCG, water and sewage, renewable energy, and other sectors. Agnieszka Skorupińska is a recommended lawyer with respect to environmental law (Band 3) according to the most prestigious legal ranking publication Chambers & Partners. She is also a “Next generation lawyer” in the energy and natural resources category according to Legal 500. This nomination singles her out as a leader on energy-related environmental protection matters. In 2014, Agnieszka Skorupińska was recognised in the “Rising Stars Lawyers – leaders of tomorrow” Ranking of Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, a leading Polish daily newspaper.

In 2019 the Chambers & Partners ranked the practice managed by Agnieszka Skorupińska in Band 2, whereas in 2018 it was recommended by the Rzeczpospolita law firm ranking in the “environmental protection law” category.

Sebastian Stachowski
Managing director of Lion Environmental
Sebastian Stachowski is an Environmental Consultant currently working as a Managing Director of Lion Environmental. During his career he focused on contaminated land assessment, permitting and environmental auditing. Sebastian ran several Environmental Site Assessment, Environmental Due Diligence and Compliance Audits in Poland and Belgium. Sebastian also participated in design of an ex-situ remediation project and performance of in-situ DNAPL (Dense Non-Aqueous Phase Liquid) remediation based in Italy. Sebastian has managed several environmental studies such as baseline studies and feasibility studies relating to selection of investment location, water sourcing and wastewater management as well as .Environmental Impact Assessment reports.

Sophie Penney
Principal Environmental Consultant, RSK UK
Based in the UK, Sophie is a Chartered Geologist with over 18 years’ experience of managing teams for soil and groundwater projects as well as individual projects for multi-national clients. Sophie acts as technical advisor and reviewer for RSK colleagues overseas in Russia, Poland and Turkey. She also leads RSK’s Centre of Excellence (CoE) team for peer review of projects.
Sophie has overseen projects for construction/redevelopment works at petrol station forecourts, former terminals, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) projects and housing developments. She troubleshoots for sites regarding planning applications and liaises with local authorities and the Environment Agency.

PhD Eleonora Wcisło
Assoc. Prof. of IETU, Leading Expert - Health risk assessment
PhD Eleonora Wcisło is a leading expert - Health risk assessment at the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas. She is a PhD in biological sciences with the environmental toxicology specialization, PhD hab. in technical sciences - environmental engineering. Eleonora is a specialist in the health risk assessment in the chemical degraded areas and the specialist in environmental health risk assessment in cities areas. For more than 20 years, she has been taking a part in national and international research and implementation projects connected to investigation, assessment and remediation of chemical degraded sites. She collaborated with Florida State University, United States Environmental Protection Agency and with research and administration institutions in EU countries. Eleonora is a co-author of programs to estimate health risk in the contaminated areas (NORISC-HRA i HRA2)


Lion Environmental is an independent environmental consultancy created by people that want to make a difference. Our founders have been successful directors, project managers and consultants in the most prestigious environmental consulting corporations. With time aspirations of our founders grew bigger than the companies they worked for so a life-changing decision was made to utilise the knowledge and experience in order to create a new business. Commitment of our team is set in stone, our foundation stone.


Date: September 25, 2019,
Venue: Golden Floor, ul. Chłodna 51, Warszawa
Time: 8.30 - 15.30