Dominique DARMENDRAIL - France

On obtaining her Doctorate, Dominique Darmendrail began her professional career as a consulting engineer to the BRGM 'Centre' and 'Rhône-Alpes' Regional Geological Surveys. On joining BRGM in 1988, she worked in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Picardie Regional Branch where she was involved mainly, as engineer and project leader, in water and environmental studies, specializing in identification, pollution diagnosis, risk assessment and remediation , the impact of subsurface activities on the environment (waste dumps, operating and abandoned industrial sites), and the inventory of new water resources.

In 1991, Dr. Darmendrail became responsible for coordinating and developing environmental activities within the Nord-Pas-de-Calais - Picardie Regional Branch. She also coordinated a group of European experts on the theme "soil contamination–decontamination relative to the treatment of abandoned industrial land" on behalf of the Association of European Regions with Industrial Tradition.

From September 1993 to June 1998, she managed the French Geological Survey's thematic centre on "Waste – Abandoned Industrial Land – Polluted Soils". Based at Lille, this unit was given the responsibility, in January 1994, of carrying out expert assessments and methodological and general studies concerning the three defined topics in support of public policies. In all these activities, Dr. Darmendrail participated in developing the technical tools necessary for carrying out national policies concerning the rehabilitation of contaminated sites and waste, and was also coordinator of the "site investigations" sector of the European CARACAS (Concerted Action on Risk Assessment on Contaminated Sites) programme.

In July 1998, Dr. Darmendrail was appointed Head of BRGM's Environment and Process Division. She is also a member of the Steering Group for the European research project CLARINET (Contaminated Land Risk Network) where she is particularly concerned with water protection work. She was also scientific advisor in several national, European and international working groups (e.g. Metaleurop commission, Tchernobyl Commission, ADEME funding commission, evaluation of research proposals for DG Research, NICOLE network member, etc.)

In May 2010 she is nominated as European Affairs representative within BRGM. She is also vice-chair of the Environment committee of the CEEP Europe (European Committee of Public entreprises). Since July 2014, she become programme manager on Environmental technologies at the French Research Agency (ANR – Part time position).

Since September 2008, she is also the secretary general of the Common Forum on Contaminated Land in Europe (, European network of contaminated land policy experts and advisors created in 1994. She is also organising the meetings of the International Committee on Contaminated Land (

Panelist Considerations for Site Management and Remediation in Multi-National Settings

This panel discussion will explore how multi-national corporations manage contaminated sites in a global environment, where stakeholders and sites span national boundaries. The following themes will addressed:

How multi-national corporations define and meet corporate objectives for site management in a range of jurisdictions, and how corporate objectives relate to regulatory requirements. The challenges encountered in implementing “fit for purpose” solutions at sites were human and technological resources are not locally available and may be difficult to import. Opportunities and barriers to the application of innovative technologies for site characterization and remediation.

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