CL:AIRE is looking forward to meeting its Members at a Networking Evening on Thursday, 26 November at The Building Centre, London WC1E 7BT. Registration closed on 20 November.
The CL:AIRE Networking Series is a programme of events aimed at bringing together the CL:AIRE Membership companies with the aim of creating new company connections, to discuss common industry problems, potential solutions and to highlight the latest developments in the industry.
Two short presentations from CL:AIRE Principal Members:
Drinks and Networking 19.15-20.30
Event ends at 20.30
Registration is now closed.
The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA) plans to launch a new registration scheme to demonstrate competence as a land contamination risk assessor.
If you are interested in being included on the register, then visit www.sobra.org.uk
Radioactive Waste Management (RWM), the government-designated developer of a geological disposal facility for the UK, has launched a public consultation concerning the way in which geology contributes to the safety case of a Geological Disposal Facility.
The consultation runs till 4 December 2015 and they want to encourage as many people as possible with relevant expertise to contribute to it.
RWM are currently running a number of workshops across the country to provide more detail and answer people’s questions about the exercise. The consultation and details of the workshops can be accessed by following the link http://nda.gov.uk/rwm/national-geological-screening/consultation.
Steve Forster - chair of the JIWG Asbestos in Soil working group recently gave a presentation at the Brownfield Briefing Remediation Conference on 15 October 2015.
He gave an update on the wide variety of activities that the JIWG are working on. The presentation can now be downloaded by following the link http://www.claire.co.uk/index.php?option=com_cobalt&view=record&cat_id=42&id=507&Itemid=108
The draft ISO/DIS 18400-204 Soil Quality Standard on Sampling and Guidance on sampling of soil gas is now open for consultation. This standard is similar in scope to BS 8576 and will not therefore be adopted as a British Standard.
However, it might be important for UK consultants working overseas because they might be required to follow it.
BS 8576 was drawn on during its preparation.
HSE Asbestos: The Analysts' Guide 2016 is now available for public consultation.
The document contains two sections of interest to soils work: Section 7 and Appendix 7. The HSE would appreciate comments and suggestions on these sections and any other parts of the document.
The closing date for comments is 20 November 2015.
HSE are aware that there are still references, photographs and diagrams to be added and paragraph cross-referencing to be finalised so these do not have to be commented on.
Link to the document: http://webcommunities.hse.gov.uk/connect.ti/asbestos.licensing/viewdocument?docid=590885
The European Commission will boost competitiveness by investing almost €16 billion in research and innovation in the next two years under Horizon 2020, the EU's research and innovation funding scheme.
The new Work Programme 2016-17 offers funding opportunities through a range of calls for proposals, public procurements and other actions like the Horizon Prizes, together covering nearly 600 topics.
The programme will support a range of cross-cutting initiatives: the modernisation of Europe's manufacturing industry (€1 billion); technologies and standards for automatic driving (over €100 million); the Internet of Things (€139 million) to address digitalisation of EU industries; Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy (€670 million) to develop strong and sustainable economies; and Smart and Sustainable Cities (€232 million) to better integrate environmental, transport, energy and digital networks in EU's urban environments.
For further information, visit http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/home.html
On 14 October 2015, the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP hosted Defra's Open Environment workshop to launch their 25 year environment plan.
To read the welcoming speech which described Defra's aspirations visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/open-environment-speech-by-elizabeth-truss
CL:AIRE is delighted to be partnering with The Geological Society in holding a one day conference in Cardiff, Wales on Monday 21 March 2016 focussing on land contamination.
As part of the Geological Society’s Year of Water this one day meeting will discuss the latest policy and how new technology can benefit the management, regulation, assessment and characterisation of land affected by contamination.
The meeting will comprise a series of 20 minute presentations and abstracts (<400 words) are invited from those wishing to present.
The following topics are of particular interest:
The deadline for submissions is 27 November 2015.
A new publication is available which presents the state of the art on the application of stabilisation/solidification (S/S) in the field.
S/S is a remedial technology that has attracted widespread use around the world. S/S employs readily available cement-based binders that can be formulated into a targeted ‘system’ that cements soil or waste into a hardened engineering material. The application of S/S results in the physical and chemical stabilisation of contaminated material over the long term, enabling disposal or re-use on- or off-site.
This "Manual of Practice" has been designed as a practical reference for regulators, site owners, engineering firms, and others involved in selecting, designing, bidding, and providing oversight for the remediation of sites using S/S. It provides guidance on applicable contaminants, site characteristics, project planning, equipment capabilities, production rates, performance specifications and the quality assurance of S/S treated materials.
A Special Issue of the Journal of Environmental Management is being prepared on "Global trends in sustainable and green remediation" with an open call for contributions closing 30th November 2015.
The latest Land Forum minutes from the meeting held on 30 June 2015 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated webpage www.claire.co.uk/landforum
An update (version 1.07) to the contaminated land exposure assessment (CLEA) software has been published at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/contaminated-land-exposure-assessment-clea-tool.
The update includes the library data sets from the Defra research project SP1010 (Development of Category 4 Screening Levels for assessment of land affected by contamination).