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National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Affected by Contamination - Consultation Open

The consultation being led by the Land Forum to gather stakeholders feedback on the proposed National Quality Mark Scheme for Land affected by Contamination (QMLC) opened on March 16th 2015 and will run to May 15th 2015.

www.claire.co.uk/qmlc

To participate in the consultation please follow the link: www.claire.co.uk/qmlc-consultation

For further details on the proposed QMLC, including the objectives and benefits of the scheme, details on the role of the SQP, how the scheme would be administered and frequently asked questions follow the link: www.claire.co.uk/qmlc-scheme

Defra publishes: An examination of contaminated land sector activity in England and Wales

Defra has recently published the results of the research project  SP1011 - An examination of contaminated land sector activity in England and Wales. 

This research project was undertaken by Cranfield University and CL:AIRE in 2014.  The report can now be downloaded by following the link: http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx?Menu=Menu&Module=More&Location=None&Completed=0&ProjectID=136

New Nuclear Industry Code of Practice on Water Quality Monitoring

The Nuclear Industry Group for Land Quality (NIGLQ) has published a Nuclear Industry Code of Practice on Routine Water Quality Monitoring, the development of which was funded by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Direct Research Portfolio.  It covers groundwater, open freshwater bodies, ‘in-pipe’ and ‘end of pipe’ surface water drainage and inter-tidal surface waters. 

The focus is on routine (long-term) water quality monitoring, defined as “the collection of water quality data and related hydrometric data at regular intervals over time, in accordance with a documented protocol, with defined criteria for assessment of results, such that results that are not in line with expectations can be identified and appropriate actions initiated”.  

The document concentrates on those aspects of routine water quality monitoring specific to nuclear sites and radioactive contaminants.  It also provides summary guidance relating to non-radioactive contaminants and topics common to both radioactive and non-radioactive contamination, such as sampling point design, hydrochemistry and relevant hydrometric parameters, and signposts other guidance and standards where applicable, and as such may be useful outside the nuclear industry context.

The document is free to download from the NDA website and is also uploaded to the SAFEGROUNDS+ website via the ‘Guidance/NIGLQ’ webpage

New Receiver sites added to our Register of Materials

R041 - March 2014 - Nr Hatfield - 170,000 m3 - 2016 to 2017 - Clay soil & stones - Engineering fill for landscape improvement project

R042 - Chesterfield - 150,000 m3 required - material needed now until Sept 2015 - Clean fill (sub soil, topsoil and clays - For capping and public open space fill

For more information and to see all sites listed please click here>>>

SoBRA Accreditation Scheme Consultation

SoBRA is developing a registration scheme in order to recognise and reward the technical skills associated with land contamination risk assessment.

As part of this they have now created a section on the SoBRA website pertaining to the Accreditation Scheme, which can be found here http://www.sobra.org.uk/membership/accreditation-scheme .

In order to finalise the scheme they want to gain the input from the wider land contamination community and, as such they have invited people to review the proposed scheme and provide feedback at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DTL8T33 .

Last chance to book on Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice, 22 April 2015

Only a few places remaining for the next course on Wednesday, 22nd April 2015, in London. Book now>>>

 

 

Book now for the final C4SL Training Workshop

The remaining Category 4 Screening Levels (C4SLs) workshop is now only one month away on 28th April 2015 in Manchester, to avoid disappointment book now>>>.

Manchester: 28 April 2015 
Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Weston Building, Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3BB

For further details and to download the PDF flyer follow the link>>>

 

Geological Society/CL:AIRE Networking Series Event - May 12th, Birmingham

CL:AIRE is pleased to announce that it is hosting, jointly with the West Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society, an evening lecture and networking session on Tuesday May 12th at the University of Birmingham.

The lecture is titled LNAPL Transport and Fate in the Subsurface and will draw from the recently published LNAPL Illustrated Handbook. The lecture will be given by the Handbook's editor, Dr Michael Rivett, Senior Lecturer in Contaminant Hydrogeology, University of Birmingham.

Registration for this event is free for Fellows of the Geological Society and CL:AIRE Members.

To register and for more information, please download the Event Flyer here>>>

Groundwater level information now available

In the last month live groundwater level information for England has been made available via the following website: http://www.gaugemap.co.uk/

This groundwater level information is particularly relevant for people living in areas prone to groundwater flooding.

ADVOCATE newsletter published

CL:AIRE is pleased to announce that the winter ADVOCATE newsletter is ready to download from the CL:AIRE website.

Read about the research of Alice Badin and Natalia Fernandez de Vera here>>>

ADVOCATE (ADVancing Sustainable In Situ RemediatiOn for ContAminaTed Land and GroundwatEr) is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network, funded by the European Union. The network was established to coordinate European research on in situ remediation concepts and applications from laboratory scale through to field scale evaluation and technology demonstration.

Latest Land Forum Notes Uploaded

The notes from the recent Land Forum meeting that was held on 27th January 2015 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated website www.claire.co.uk/landforum and can be downloaded directly by following the link>>>

Asbestos in Soil - Further funding secured

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce that Lucion Environmental Ltd has recently provided sponsorship towards the development of the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil Made Ground and Construction & Demolition Materials Code of Practice.

We would like to thank them for their kind contribution.

If your business is interested in becoming a sponsor to assist in the development of the code of practice, please contact Nicola Harries and she will discuss the sponsorship opportunities available.

Lancaster China Catalyst Programme

The Lancaster-China Catalyst programme aims to exploit the global links of Lancaster University for the benefit of UK companies.

From 2014-2017, with initial investment from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Lancashire County Council and participating businesses, the programme will provide UK companies with an opportunity to work with Chinese partners on developing innovative products, services and technologies for the Chinese and/or global markets.

Building on Lancaster University’s long standing expertise and strong relationships with Guangdong, a dedicated project support team in the UK and in China, and with access to key channel partners such as CBBC, UKTI and Innovate UK, the Catalyst programme comprises the following key elements:-

  • A staged programme of support to UK companies to develop partnerships with commercial partners in China
  • UK company access to collaborative partners within China for new product and service development
  • A programme of planned visits for UK companies to China and Chinese-partner visits to the UK
  • Dedicated human resources to companies via an experienced UK and China-based support team
  • A dedicated team of graduates with technology, management and design expertise
  • An opportunity for recent graduates to form part of an international team and study for an MSc in International Innovation
  • Access to UK companies and their Chinese partners, to significant grant investment from Chinese government funders
  • Access to expertise from across Lancaster University and Chinese academic partners to underpin product or service R&D and commercialisation

For more information:

Download the PDF>>>

Visit the Lancaster China Catalyst website >>>

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