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CL:AIRE Members invited to meet Chinese trade delegation

CL:AIRE Members have been invited to a forthcoming meeting with a visiting Chinese delegation hosted by UKTI. The delegation are very interested in meeting with leading environmental and contaminated land organisations and as such have approached the CL:AIRE members to join a half-day conference followed by a business round-table meeting. 

This event has been arranged for Fri 12 Sep in London.

Click here to download the event flyer>>>

There is space for 10 companies for each session (morning conference and afternoon round-table), and places will be granted on a first come first served basis. 

Future Cities GREAT Conference–exploring UK China Collaboration in Pollution Treatment

Programme

13.00-14.30 Lunch Networking Reception

14.30-17.00 Future Cities GREAT Conference: three parallel business roundtables on water, waste, land remediation (please indicate one session to join).

What’s in it for UK companies attending the event?

- Understand market intelligence and accessible opportunities arising from China’s emerging environmental sector particularly in areas of water and waste-water treatment, air pollution control, soil remediation, and solid waste treatment;
- Speak to business leaders and senior government officials from Chinese cities cross the country and explore with them specific business opportunities;
- Hear from UK businesses who are already in collaboration with China and understand how they have achieved successes and how they have managed to handle China specific issues that might also be relevant to your business strategies towards China;
- Have the opportunity to network with wider audiences such as UK environmental trade associations, research institutes, China Britain Business Council, and UK Trade & Investment;
- Have potential business contract wins with Chinese partners that might be signed around the time of the conference, please do let us know. You might have the opportunities to get the signing witnessed by bilateral Ministers during the occasion.

What the Chinese delegation are looking for

Air Quality

- Industrial and domestic air monitoring and treatment
- Air emission management and process control 

Water

- River and lake pollution treatment including sediment
- Industrial waste-water and sludge treatment
- Water recycling and waste to energy
- Water and waste-water treatment
Sustainability management and water efficiency

Solid Waste

- Incineration process management and emission control
- Landfill process control
- Recycling and efficiency
- Waste to energy
- Land Remediation
- Heavy metal and organic pollution treatment
- Land remediation assessment, solution and control

Chinese delegates will be representing the following organisations - 

Wuhan Kinghome Environmental Technology Co Ltd
Wuhan Weihong Environmental Technology Co Ltd 
Hubei Shuiyunjian Environmental Engineering Co. Ltd
Beijing Green Science & Technology Company
Shenzhen Techand Ecology & Environment Co.,LTD
Chongqing Ringo Environmental Science & Technology Development Co. Ltd.

Click here to download the event flyer>>>

As mentioned, places are extremely limited. If you would like to attend pleased email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In Situ Remediation '14 Conference Workshop - Final Spaces Available

CLAIRE is pleased to announce that In Situ Remediation of contaminated Sites workshop will be going ahead at the In Situ Remediation ´14 Conference on 4th September 2014.

The workshop will run between 8.30 - 13.00. The workshop can be attended by those attending the conference and by external delegates. The workshop theme is:

  • “In Situ Remediation of Contaminated Sites” organised by Geosyntec Consultants

The registration fee is £89 for each workshop including materials, lunch and coffee break. Please register before August 20th 2014.

Workshop places are limited to 25 participants.

Full details of the workshop can be found at the In Situ Remediation Conference website here>>>

To register please click here>>>

CL:AIRE July Membership Update

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce that Deep Soil Mixing Ltd & Foot Anstey LLP have joined as new Technical Members.

In addition, McAuliffe Civil Engineering has renewed their Technical membership.

Latest Land Forum Minutes

The latest Land Forum minutes from the meeting held on the 25th June 2014 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated Land Forum website.  The minutes can be viewed here>>>

 

New Groundwater Monitoring Data Software Application (GWSDAT)

GWSDAT (GroundWater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool) is freely available from the CL:AIRE website.  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>>>

Defra seeking views on draft European Commission Regulation that includes definitions for severely degraded land and heavily contaminated land

Details of the draft Commission Regulation, which proposes detailed definitions for severely degraded land and heavily contaminated land has been prepared and circulated to European Member States for comment. To download click here>>>

This Regulation will be voted on in the autumn, and Defra would appreciate input from stakeholders now so that they can raise issues or concerns with the Commission.

With this in mind Defra would be grateful for views on the Regulation, particularly on the following questions:

1. Overall do you think this regulation is helpful?

2. Do you think the definitions stated will be of benefit in classifying land which has been severely degraded and/or heavily contaminated; including the definitions as to when that land can be considered as converted to agriculture use?

3. Article 4 addresses when severely degraded land and heavily contaminated land could be considered as sufficiently converted to agricultural use. It covers i) increase in carbon stocks; ii) sizeable reduction in erosion phenomena; and iii) reduction in the level of hazardous substances; but it does not state what has to be done in order to achieve these. By omitting this do you think an unhelpful incentive could be created?

Please respond directly to Maggie Charnley Defra, Head of Soils and Contaminated Land by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5th September 2014.

New C4SL Workshops Announced

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce it is running three workshops in association with the project consortium partners that developed the Category 4 Screening Levels (C4SLs) on the following dates:

London:  September 23rd 2014
Manchester: October 14th 2014
Birmingham: November 26th 2014 (In association with EP UK West Midlands Region)

For further details and to download the PDF flyer click here>>>

Cost

£150 + VAT (CL:AIRE members discounts apply)

Aim

The aim of the workshop is to:

- Explain the drivers and purpose of the C4SLs
- Understand  the methodology and approach that was taken to derive the C4SLs for all six substances
- Better understand how C4SLs should be used
- Learn what should be considered in the derivation of other C4SLs

Each workshop will have two presenters (a toxicologist and exposure modeller) to enable participants to have the opportunity to learn both key aspects.  Numbers are limited to 40 people so book your place to avoid disappointment.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is aimed at practitioners in the public and private sector who work with land affected by contamination.

Time

Registration will be 9.30am with teas and coffee on arrival.  The workshop will start at 10am and finish at 4pm with a buffet lunch and drinks provided.

INTERESTED?

You can pay directly for a workshop on CL:AIRE’s website here>>>

Alternatively if you cannot book on line you can call 0207 299 4250 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

SuRF International

The latest SuRF international and partners minutes from the meeting held on 10th June 2014 have now been uploaded onto the dedicated web page and can be accessed here>>>

 

Asbestos in Soil Progress Report

An update of the work of the Asbestos in Soils Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG) can be found here>>>

 

Government initiatives to help build more new homes on brownfield land

Thousands of new homes will be built on unused and previously-developed land under the government’s plans to make it easier to build on brownfield sites suitable for housing.

Ministers are clear of the need to make the best possible use of brownfield land in a way that keeps strong safeguards in place that protect our valued countryside.

Councils will play a critical role in bringing forward brownfield land and will be asked to put in place local development orders which can provide sites with outline planning permission to speed up the building of new homes.

To view the full article please click here>>>

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Technical Members:

AECOM
A L P Ambrose Minerals
ALUN Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd
Arcadis

Arup

Atkins

Babcock

BAE Systems Properties Ltd
BAM Nuttall
Beech Consultants
BIOGENIE
Biosoil
Bone Environmental Consultant
British Solar Renewables
BT O'Sullivan Construction Solution Ltd
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Cavendish Nuclear
CH2M Hill
Constructing Excellence
Cranfield University
CRB Environmental Ltd
Crossfield Consulting Ltd
Darlow Lloyd & Sons Ltd
Deep Soil Mixing Ltd
DETS Ltd
Dunton Environmental
DWL Environmental Ltd
Ecologia
The Environmental Protection Group Ltd (EPG)
ENVIRON UK Ltd
EnviroSurveying Ltd
Firth Consultants Ltd
Foot Anstey LLP
Geo2 Remediation Ltd
Geo-Environmental Services
Geosyntec
Grontmij
Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd
Hazardous Waste Management
HBR Limited
H Fraser Consulting Ltd
The Hub
Hyder Consulting Ltd
Hydrock
HYDROGEO Ltd
Kalex Limited
LBH WEMBLEY Geotechnical & Environmental 
Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd
Lithos Consulting
McAuliffe Civil Engineering
MDK Environmental Ltd
Oracle Environmental Experts Ltd
Opus International Consultants Ltd
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Paulex Environmental 
Peroxychem Environmental Solutions
Peter Brett Associates
r3 environmental technology ltd
RAW Group
Regenesis
Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO)
Rodgers Leask
Rolton Group
Roundhay Environmental Consulting Limited
RPS
RSK Group
Rural Arisings
SEnSe Associates
Soilfix
Soilutions Ltd
Southern Testing
Stephenson Harwood
The Sirius Group
Tamdown Group Ltd
T & P Regeneration Ltd
trm
Universite de Liege
University of Birmingham
University of Sheffield
University of York
URS Infrastructure & Environment
VHE Construction Plc
Wardell Armstrong
Ward Homes
Waterman Energy, Environment & Design Ltd
WSP Group
WYG


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