Romanians look to Wales to tackle contaminated land

Officials from the Romanian government will spend next week touring Wales to see how the country transformed its industrial waste lands.

Praid salt mine in Romania part of the country's vast industrial past

Praid salt mine in Romania part of the country's vast industrial past

Wales is considered a leading location on regeneration of contaminated land after successfully reforming sites devastated by mining, chemicals, petroleum and other heavy industries.

Romania, while under Soviet control, was quickly industrialised with little thought for long term environmental damage.

Heavy industry has left it with similar challenges to those overcome by the Welsh and the officials are keen to learn from Wales.

The party of 20 Romanians will meet Welsh Assembly Government and Environment Agency specialists and visit a selection of former industrial sites across South Wales, to discuss technical and land management topics with landowners and developers.

Team leader Adrian Dolecki, of Parsons Brinckerhoff, who organised the tour with the Romanian Institute of Studies for Power Engineering, said: "Wales is rightly considered a European leader in cleaning up land polluted by industries like mining and steel production.

"The former Welsh Development Agency, now part of the Welsh Assembly Government, did a fantastic job in reclaiming and redeveloping areas in Wales.

"Romania is going through almost exactly the same process and is looking to leaders in the field for help and advice."

They will be looking to pick up advice on relevant matters, such as which technologies can be deployed to rehabilitate contaminated sites.

Luke Walsh


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