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SuRF-UK publishes the next phase of its work

SuRF-UK is delighted to announce the publication of its Phase 3 work which includes four key deliverables:


  •  SuRF-UK Bulletin 4 - This provides a short introduction to the Phase 3 outputs which are described in more detail below.  It includes the Sustainable Management Practices (SMP) document and the assessor's aid to preparing for sustainability assessment and carrying out a qualitative Tier 1 sustainability assessment. To download the summary bulletin click here>>>
  • Sustainable Management Practices (SMPs) -  This report and supporting excel spreadsheet is aligned to the SuRF-UK sustainability indicator categories so that the same sustainability principles can underpin all aspects of land contamination management.  
  • Project Framing Guidance - This aims to help project managers and sustainability assessors to frame their approach for a sustainability assessment.  It includes two groups of activities: the preparation for a sustainability assessment followed by the definition of the sustainability assessment The guidance is provided in a formatted PDF slide set and is supported by a log book which can be used to collect summary information for each step of the framing procedure;
  • Tier 1- Qualitative Assessment - This is an "entry level" sustainability assessment based on simple tables using qualitative categories.  It provides a slide deck procedure to follow with a series of checklists to help ensure that the framing is adequate for the sustainability assessment required. It is prepared as a formatted PDF slide set and is supported by a log book which can be used to collect summary information for each step.

To download any of the SuRF-UK Phase 3 deliverables, please visit where the roadmap has interactive hyperlinks to the relevant sections.  If you have any queries relating to SuRF-UK work, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Launch of New Groundwater Monitoring Data Software Application (GWSDAT)

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the launch of GWSDAT (GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool).  This free software application, developed by Shell, is open source, user-friendly and can be used for the visualisation and interpretation of groundwater monitoring data.  It's key features include:

  • Visualisation of site- wide trends in solute concentrations, NAPL thickness and groundwater elevation for conceptual site model development.
  • Spatiotemporal analysis: variation in groundwater solute concentration is modelled as a function of X,Y and time.
  • Automatic generation of concentration contour plots at user specified time intervals, with the option to overlay groundwater elevation contours and NAPL thickness/footprint data.
  • Automatic report generation tools with direct export of plots to Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint)

The benefits of using GWSDAT include:

  • Improved data transparency during the design and optimisation of groundwater monitoring or remediation programmes
  • Early identification of new releases, migration pathways, need for corrective action and stable/ declining trends that may aid in closure determinations.
  • Rapid analysis of complex data sets from large monitoring networks (e.g. refineries, terminals).
  • Efficient evaluation and reporting of groundwater monitoring trends via simple, standardised plots and tables created at the 'click of a mouse'.
  • Easy sharing of processed datasets as non-editable “.GWSDATData” files, thereby preserving the integrity of the underlying dataset.

To obtain access to GWSDAT click here>>>

Reference Report on the Management of Contaminated Sites in Europe Published

The European Commission Joint Research Centre has recently published a reference report led by the Institute of Environment and Sustainability (IES), which presents the current state of knowledge on the management of contaminated sites in Europe. The report outlines findings such as the following:

  • There are an estimated 2.5 million potentially contaminated sites in Europe, where soil contamination is suspected and detailed investigations are needed.
  • Of the circa 115 000 contaminated sites that have already been identified in Europe, nearly half of them (46%) have already been remediated.
  • Contaminated sites are mainly managed using traditional techniques such as excavation and off-site disposal, which together account for about one third of management practices.
  • Mining activities, metal industries and gasoline stations are the most frequently reported sources of soil and groundwater contamination. However, the range of polluting activities varies considerably from country to country.
  • The most frequently occurring contaminants are mineral oils and heavy metals.
  • Annual national expenditure for the management of contaminated sites is on average about 10 Euros per capita.  

To view or download the report click here>>>


Latest Land Forum Minutes

The latest Land Forum minutes from the meeting held on the 30th January 2014 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated Land Forum website.  The minutes can be viewed here>>>


CLG Launch Planning Practice Guidance Portal

CLG has launched the final version of the planning practice guidance on a streamlined and accessible website. This follows the Beta test of the site launched last August 2013. Click here to view the website>>>

The renewable energy guidance published last July 2013 has been integrated into this website, and they have taken the opportunity to make the guidance clearer in relation to the considerations for solar farms.

Practice guidance across all aspects of the planning system has now been made available entirely online in a usable and accessible way.  Therefore, CLG are cancelling the previous planning practice guidance documents as they are being replaced by the on-line guidance, and a list of these is available here>>>

CL:AIRE bulletins - 50% discount for CL:AIRE members

If you would like to publish a CL:AIRE Bulletin, we are offering a 50% discount in the bulletin fee to CL:AIRE members.  CL:AIRE publishes a number of different types of bulletin (Case Study, Technical, Research, Site, Guidance etc) which can be used to inform the industry about your project, technology or research.  All bulletins are reviewed by CL:AIRE's Technology and Research Group to make sure they are of the highest quality.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For a 4-page CL:AIRE bulletin we typically receive a word count of 3000-4000 words, with 6 or 8 figures, diagrams, photos or tables etc.   We prefer you to provide the document in Word and any illustrative material as separate electronic files (e.g. jpg), rather than embedding them in Word.  Also, please remember to provide some appropriate contact details at the end.

Style guide
As a guide to content and style of writing, our audience is very varied (local authority, site owner, consultant, contractor, student, general public etc), and so we like to ease the reader into the subject matter by providing a general introduction and setting the scene.  This does not have to be in great detail and you might find previous bulletins a useful guide (see the Resources/Publications Library area of the CL:AIRE website

Review process
Once we have received your text (in Word), we will send it to the CL:AIRE independent review panel, the Technology and Research Group to review. Once you have addressed any comments, we will put it into a desktop publishing package, and send it back to you for review as a pdf. Once published, your bulletin can be considered a peer reviewed document.

We charge £3000 for a pdf bulletin, which will be promoted widely via our website.  The 50% discount only applies to the 4 page bulletins described above.

In Situ Remediation Conference 2-4 Sept, 2014 - 1 sponsor place left

Five sponsors have already snapped up the chance to sponsor this event, which means there is only 1 space remaining.

Over 60 abstracts have been submitted for the event and these are currently being assessed by the Scientific Committee.

In Situ Remediation 2014 is being organised by CL:AIRE on behalf of the ADVOCATE network at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. The conference will bring together leading scientists, researchers and environmental professionals working in the field. The event offers a great opportunity to promote your company, develop new business opportunities as well as gain an international visibility.

If your organisation is looking to link to and gain brand coverage with a successful event full details can be found here>>>

Sponsorship opportunities are available for £2,000 + VAT. If you would like to discuss this option further please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please note registration is now open. Full details can be found on the Conference Website>>>

New CL:AIRE TDP25 bulletin and decision support tool available

CL:AIRE is pleased to announce the publication of Technology Demonstration Project Bulletin TDP25 and an In Situ Chemical Oxidation (ISCO) decision support tool, which are now available to download.

TDP25 is titled, "Decision support tool for innovative in situ multi-contaminant groundwater remediation" and describes the development of a decision support framework to assist practitioners and other stakeholders on the decision of whether to use ISCO for the remediation of contaminated groundwater and, if deemed appropriate, guidance on the selection of chemical oxidants and their application in the subsurface.

The bulletin can be downloaded here>>>

The ISCO Tool can be downloaded here>>>

CL:AIRE Networking Series

Hosted by The Geological Society & The Royal Society of Chemistry

"The Importance of Toxicology in Managing Contaminated Land”

The CL:AIRE Networking Series is a programme of events aimed at bringing the CL:AIRE Membership companies together. These events give companies the opportunity to create new connections, discuss common industry problems/solutions and to highlight the latest developments in the industry.

Following the success of last year’s events we are delighted to announce the first of these events for 2014:

Monday 24th March 2014 at the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London. The session will run from 17:30 to 20:00.

Attendance is free to all CL:AIRE Members, Qualified Persons, Geological Society Fellows and Royal Society of Chemistry members. Non-members of these organisations will be charged £20 for entry.

Click here for further details>>>

Initial Observations of Contaminated Land Expert Panel

From the cases reviewed to date, the contaminated land expert panel has prepared a short document on their initial observations to help local authorities in their determinations of sites. The information is presented under the four key areas in line with what is required to be included within a risk summary as per section 3.35 of the EPA 1990: Part 2A Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance April 2012.  The headings include: understanding the risks, understanding the uncertainties, putting the risks in context and possible remediation that could occur on the site.

Click here to download>>>

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