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Research Bulletin 18 (RB18)

CL:AIRE is pleased to announce the publication of Research Bulletin 18 (RB18), which is now available to download.  RB18 is titled, "Prioritisation of abandoned non-coal mine impacts on the environment" and was written by Adam Jarvis, Newcastle University; Steve Hill, Coal Authority; Hugh Potter, Environment Agency; Peter Thorn, Atkins and William Mayes, University of Hull.

CL:AIRE research bulletins describe specific, practical aspects of research which have direct application to the characterisation, monitoring or remediation of contaminated soil or groundwater. This bulletin describes national-scale impacts of abandoned non-coal mine water pollution..

The bulletin can be downloaded here>>>

First ADVOCATE bulletins are published

CL:AIRE is pleased to announce that the first three ADVOCATE bulletins are now ready to download, with the others to follow over the next few months.  CL:AIRE’s ADVOCATE bulletins describe practical aspects of research which have direct application to the characterisation, monitoring or remediation of contaminated soil or groundwater.

ADVOCATE Bulletin 1 (written by Johana Grajales)>>>
Remediation of TCE contaminated groundwater using permeable reactive barriers

ADVOCATE Bulletin 2 (written by Franklin Obiri-Nyarko)>>>
Selecting reactive materials for permeable barriers to remediate groundwater contaminated with heavy metals and BTEX: batch and column experiments

ADVOCATE Bulletin 3 (written by Petra Hedbavna)>>>
Enhancing bioremediation of groundwater by microbial interaction with a solid state electrode: proof-of-concept

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.

New Sites Added to the CL:AIRE Register of Materials

CL:AIRE keeps a Register of Materials and services which might be reused by working to the Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice (DoW CoP).

The Register helps to link excavated material holders with projects requiring materials.

The following Donor sites have recently been added -

Ref #LocationQuantityAvailability From - ToMaterial Type
D052 Surrey 6,000m3 November 14 – May 15 Made Ground overlying Alluvium overlying inter-bedded Clays, Silts and fine Sands consistent with the Bracklesham Group
D051 Oxford >100,000m3 From January 2015 to December 2015 Oxford clay

The following Receiver sites have recently been added -

Ref #LocationQuantity neededAvailability From - ToMaterial Type
R038 Macclesfield 20,000 m3 August 2014 - October 2014 “as dug” soils excluding topsoil


The following Soil Treatment Facility has recently been added -

Ref #LocationYearly IntakeTimescaleTreatable Material/Contaminants
F008 Cornwall 300,000t Immediate “Hazardous / Non Hazardous soils and dredging spoil

For any technical queries relating to the Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice please contact Nicholas Willenbrock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the Register of Materials click here>>>

Asbestos in Soil – News Update

The latest Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) minutes from the regulators meeting held on 6th August are now available to download here>>>

Asbestos in Soil Progress Report Sept 2014

The latest update of the work of the Asbestos in Soils Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) is now available to download.  Some of the key highlights include:

• The preparation of an asbestos management guide to support the JIWG Code of Practice and will be used to clarify interpretation of CAR 2012 regulations and the guidance set out in HSE L143 – Managing and Working with Asbestos, as applied to asbestos in soil and C&D materials.

• Interaction that JIWG members are providing to the development of the SCA blue book – analytical method.

• Industry funding being secured and matched by Defra to undertake a research project to carry out a soil survey to ascertain background levels of asbestos in urban and rural environments throughout England and Wales. This research will help SoBRA with the development of their risk assessment framework which will feed directly into the JIWG Code of Practice.

• A meeting between the Head of HSE’s Asbestos Licensing Unit and the JIWG chair, where a number of key issues were explored with respect to interpreting the regulations in relation to asbestos in soil.

The full report can be found here>>>

Asbestos in Soil - Further Funding Secured

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce that Soilfix Ltd has recently provided sponsorship towards the development of the Asbestos in Soil Made Ground and Construction & Demolition Waste 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and she will discuss the sponsorship opportunities available.

Dust Sampling on Site – Get Involved

SoBRA would like the whole of the land development industry (contractors. consultants and site owners) to get involved in an industry wide initiative to provide dust sampling data from site works. Many practitioners already undertake routine dust sampling; all we are asking is for you to provide the results of these samples to SoBRA anonymously.  The results will be collated into a larger open access database to help the development of a risk assessment model which will feed into the Joint Industry Working Group Asbestos in Soil.  To ensure that the dust samples are taken in a uniform way, SoBRA has produced a sampling protocol to assist. 

This can be accessed here>>>

The dust sampling protocol is supported by an equivalent protocol for asbestos fibre in air monitoring and the use of both protocols in parallel is encouraged where possible so that the open access UK-specific empirical database that SoBRA is developing can be as comprehensive as possible.

This can be accessed here>>>

Completed templates should be sent to Simon Cole (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Asbestos in Soil – Priority Activities?

SoBRA is also requesting industry input into the selection of site activities and exposure scenarios that should be considered in the risk assessment framework.  The industry survey from 2012 identified the following broad categories:  current land-use, site investigation, remediation, construction, and post-contruction land-use.  If there are specific activities that the industry would like to be covered under the site investigation, remediation, or construction categories please contact Simon Cole (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

CL:AIRE supporting Resilience 14, BRE Innovation Park

CL:AIRE is delighted to be a supporting partner for Resilience 14 on 26th November 2014, a free-to-attend conference at BRE Innovation Park, Bucknall’s Lane, WD25 9XX. The event will examine the issues and challenges the built environment faces to become more resilient to flooding, storms, extreme temperatures and other effects of climate change.
Organised by BRE, one of the UK’s leading building science centres, Resilience14 will have a strong learning component, including the ‘Britain under water’ seminar that brings together leading experts to provide insight into the latest flooding policy, research and best-practice.

To book your free delegate place, please send contact details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Yorkshire Contaminated Land Press Release

Yorkshire Contaminated Land Forum held its second event of 2014 in York on September 30th with around 80 people attending the meeting which had a controlled waters protection and treatment theme.

To read the full press release please click here>>>

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