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Environment Agency releases State of Contaminated Land Report

The Environment Agency has just released its report Dealing with Contaminated Land in England: A review of progress from April 2000 to December 2013 with Part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

It is available to download at https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/513158/State_of_contaminated_land_report.pdf  

JIWG Asbestos in Soil - March Update

The JIWG Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials has recently posted an update of its activities.  To download the pdf click here >>>>

Water and Land Library (WALL) hosts new documents

CL:AIRE has recently uploaded a number of new documents to WALL into the section: Risk Assessment -Assessing Risks to the Water Environment.  These include piling into contaminated sites and a number of documents relating to potential groundwater pollutants from cemeteries. To access WALL: www.claire.co.uk/wall

SAGTA/CL:AIRE NQMS Workshop: Presentations now available

Following the successful SAGTA/CL:AIRE Workshop held last month on the National Quality Mark Scheme, the presentations are now available for downloading by following the link: http://www.sagta.org.uk/Activities.html

 

 

CL:AIRE joins the Contamination Expo Series

CL:AIRE has signed up to partner with the Contamination Expo Series, a major new European exhibition which is organised in association with the Environment Agency at London’s ExCel on the 12-13 October 2016.

As a result of this partnership, CL:AIRE members are entitled to a discount on exhibition space.

The focus of the exhibition is to bring together professionals at the forefront of contamination prevention and remedy, including: Land Remediation, Water, Air, Spills and Hazardous Materials.

James Ashwood, Director of Prysm Environmental, who are organising the exhibition comments:
We are delighted to work with CL:AIRE on this exhibition, which is planned for 8,000 SQM and targeting 3,000 visitors and 200 exhibitors. We are arranging 120 hours of free-to-attend conference seminar content addressing regulation, case studies, panel debates and best practise from the UK and around the world. This will be a major exhibiting opportunity and knowledge exchange’.

Tickets for the exhibition are free, register at www.landcontaminationexpo.com

All exhibiting and sponsorship enquiries should be directed to James Ashwood on (0117) 990 2005 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New Research Bulletin (RB19) Published

CL:AIRE is pleased to publish Research Bulletin RB19, called Regeneration of Brownfield Land Using Sustainable Technologies (ROBUST). ROBUST was a 5-year EPSRC funded project, approved as CL:AIRE Research Project 23, and involved a group of researchers at Durham University, headed by Dr Karen Johnson and Professor Clare Bambra from the departments of Engineering and Geography respectively.

The sustainable technologies in ROBUST involve using 'waste' products from industries including the water treatment, mineral extraction and steel making sectors. The ROBUST project bridged the gap between engineering and social science to consider the social impact of brownfield sites. This keyed into research based around the idea that green space can improve community health and wellbeing of local people living near the site.

 

CL:AIRE publishes the Technology and Research Group (TRG) Annual Report for 2015

CL:AIRE has released the Technology and Research Group (TRG) Annual Report for 2015, which is available to download here>>>

Its contents include:

  • Background to CL:AIRE and the TRG
  • 2015 Annual Report
  • Appendix 1 – CL:AIRE activities in 2015
  • Appendix 2 – TRG Member Biographies
  • Appendix 3 – Status of CL:AIRE Technology Demonstration Projects and Research 
  • Appendix 4 – CL:AIRE Resources (publications, online training and eLearning)

Of particular note is Appendix 1 which describes the breadth of CL:AIRE's activities undertaken during the year.

CL:AIRE’s TRG provides strategic review, support and steering functions for CL:AIRE’s activities. 

 

Mick George Ltd. Opens New Asbestos Facility in Cambridgeshire

Mick George Ltd has opened a new disposal facility for asbestos and contaminated soils at Mepal, Cambridgeshire. Mick George Ltd operates one of the largest independent fleets in the country and has a comprehensive range of specialist containers, from asbestos bags to skips from 4 to 40 yd3 RORO’s. As well as servicing the needs of its own customer base, which includes some of the biggest names in UK construction, the Mepal facility is available to contractors and other waste operators at highly competitive disposal rates. Fully compliant paperwork, including tailored waste data reports, is available from Mick George Ltd for further assurance of professional, responsible and safe disposal of asbestos wastes and asbestos contaminated soils.

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Registration Open - 1st International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy & Element Developments (SPEED) 2016 - Early bird discount until 18 March 2016

Cranfield University and CL:AIRE, together with partners EPSRC CORE and CL4W projects, are pleased to announce the 1st International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy & Element Developments (SPEED), taking place on Tuesday 19 April, 2016 in Westminster, London, UK.

There is an early bird discount until 18 March 2016 and a discount for CL:AIRE Members. Further details are available on the event flyer and on the event website

Defra consultation on impacts of Defra's guidance and data reforms

Defra have launched a consultation on the consultation-stage impact assessment on the estimated impacts of Defra’s guidance and data reforms which now apply to the Environment Agency.

Questions regarding the assumptions used in developing the estimates of costs and benefits resulting from these reforms can be found in Part B of the consultation survey. Defra also welcomes suggestions from stakeholder for additional sources of evidence.

Defra would also like to invite feedback from stakeholders on their recent experience of using Defra guidance and reporting information to Defra and its agencies. These questions can be found in Part C and Part D of the consultation.

The consultation can be found https://consult.defra.gov.uk/better-regulations/defra-guidance-data-reforms/consult_view

The deadline for comments is Wednesday 10 February 2016.

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JIWG launch two decision supports tools to help industry working with asbestos in soil and construction & demolition materials

Joint Industry Working Group for Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials (JIWG) launch two decision support tools. 

Theyhave been made freely available to industry practitioners in BETA format for the purpose of trialling their use on real-life situations.

The two tools are:

  1. Categorisation of Work Activities involving Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
     
  2. Qualitative Risk Ranking of Work Activities and Receptors Involved in or Exposed to Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials

The JIWG would welcome feedback from users on these versions on their applicability and validity to the wide range of scenarios that may be encountered when assessing the potential risk from and asbestos licensing status of work with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in the ground.

Please provide any feedback to Nicola Harries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Registration Open for Land Contamination 2016 in Cardiff

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.

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JIWG Asbestos in Soil - December Update

The JIWG Asbestos in Soil has recently posted an update of its activities.

To download the pdf click here>>>


QP renewal process for 2016 now open

With 2016 fast approaching we want to let you know the arrangements for renewing your Qualified Person subscription for the coming year.

Firstly we can confirm there will be no increase in rates; they will remain at £150 for those in the private sector and £105 for those in the public sector.
Secondly, if you do not already have one, you will require a login on this website to complete the QP renewal for 2016.

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WALL goes from Strength to Strength

After the successful launch of the Water and Land Library (WALL) last month, feedback has been extremely positive with a number of recommendations of new documents to be added.

CL:AIRE welcomes industry to continue to feedback and provide further links to documents that they would like to see in WALL.

Statutory guidance: SR2008 No 27: mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products - Re-published

SR2008 No27: mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances and products has been re-published to include ex-situ treatment of pumped water. The changes include Table 2.1: Activities, and the requirement to notify the Environment Agency prior to deployment (Clause 4.3.5).

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/standard-rules-sr2008-number-27

Environmental Audit Committee to undertake enquiry on Soil Health

The Environmental Audit Committee are carrying out an inquiry on soil health. They are inviting written submissions, to be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 14 January 2016.

The Committee invites written submissions,  on:

  • How could soil health best be measured and monitored? How could the Government develop a strategy for tracking soil health?
  • What are the benefits that healthy soils can provide to society?
  • What are the consequences of failing to protect soil health for the environment, public health, food security, and other areas?
  • What measures are currently in place to ensure that good soil health is promoted?  And what further measures should the Government and other organisations consider in order to secure soil health?
  • What role (if any) should soil health play in the Government’s upcoming 25 year plan for the natural environment?

Submissions must be written on the form available at: 

http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environmental-audit-committee/inquiries/parliament-2015/soil-health/

Consultation on proposed changes to National Planning Policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government has opened a consultation to seek views on some specific changes to National Planning Policy in the following areas:


  • broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities for those aspiring to own their new home
  • increasing residential density around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations
  • supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing allocated in plans
  • supporting delivery of starter homes

The consultation closes on 25 January 2016 and is available at the following link:
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-planning-policy-consultation-on-proposed-changes

ISO DIS 18400-203 Soil Quality: Sampling :Potentially contaminated sites published for comment

The Draft International Standard ISO DIS 18400-203 Soil Quality: Sampling : Potentially contaminated sites has been published for comment. This standard will replace ISO 10381-5 which was not adopted as a British Standard.

At present it seems unlikely that this standard will be adopted as a British Standard because it overlaps with BS10175. However, it is important for UK based consultants to review and comment because it is likely to be widely adopted in other countries in Europe and generally around the world.

Any comments should be sent in the prescribed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Secretary of BS committee EH4 by 26 January 2016.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly if a copy is required.

ISO 18400 Series final prepublication versions published for comment

The ISO 18400 series final draft international standards prepublication versions have recently been published for comment. Comments due by 31st December 2015.

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