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8 The Challenge of Restoring Brownfields

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In June 2012, the problem of brownfields was brought into focus at a site outside the East Fifth Ring Road in Beijing, where residential buildings for civil servants were being constructed. Named the Kangquan New Town Phase 2, this housing development is located on a heavily polluted piece of brownfield land, where a railway sleeper plant of the former Ministry of Railways was in operation. In March 2011, the China Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES) made a sample survey at the site of the Kangquan New Town Phase 2 before working out the Preliminary Survey Report. After analysis, the CRAES concluded that there were multiple kinds of pollutants in the soil with contents much higher than the allowable limits. The experience from the project in Huanjiang County represents a technological breakthrough for China's soil remediation industry, and provides ideas for brownfield land restoration.

Keywords: Beijing; brownfield land; China's soil remediation industry; CRAES; Huanjiang County; Kangquan New Town Phase 2



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