The Aggregates Levy was introduced to encourage the use of recycled aggregates. Clay was exempt from the tax along with other industrial by-products.
Changes to the levy:
Legislation introduced in Finance Bill 2014 to amend the Act makes the following materials taxable:
The levy is only chargeable when taxable aggregate is commercially exploited.
New commercial exploitation provisions came into effect from 1 April 2014 for clay. Under those new provisions clay will only be commercially exploited where it is:
It is important to note that only one of the above needs to apply.
The term “construction purposes” is interpreted at section 48(2) of Finance Act 2001 and includes using the aggregate “as material or support in the construction or improvement of any structure”. Embankments are included within the definition of “structure” set out at section 48(1). It also includes mixing with anything as part of a process of producing mortar, concrete, tarmacadam, coated roadstone or any similar construction material.
Links to key HMRC Documents are:
The next CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice (DoWCoP) one-day training course is on Thurs 12th June 2014 - Manchester.
The DoWCoP provides a streamlined mechanism for exiting the complex world of Waste Legislation for the re-use of excavated materials. It can be used by individuals involved in development activities ranging from general earthworks to complex land remediation projects and is applicable to both Greenfield and Brownfield sites.
When successfully applied the DoWCoP can bring about significant cost savings to those who have formerly used waste management exemptions and is a quantifiable indicator of sustainable development!
This course explains in detail how the various scenarios for material reuse in the DoWCoP are dealt with, the operational boundaries and its interaction with other industry initiatives.
Upon completion of the course delegates will be confident to use, or work alongside the DoWCoP
The course is aimed at all organisations involved with the development of land and therefore particularly relevant to the following groups who expect to use or work with the DoWCoP:
The course is also valuable to those who need to understand the applicability of the DoWCoP in drafting planning decisions, waste policy documents and how it fits within the Waste Hierarchy.
Attendance on a recognised training course remains one of the requirements for individuals wishing to register as a Qualified Person.
To book your place on this training course please click here>>>
CLAIRE is pleased to announce that two workshops will be held at the In Situ Remediation ´14 Conference on 4th September 2014.
Two half-day workshops have been organised and will run in parallel between 8.30 - 13.00. The workshops can be attended by those attending the conference and by external delegates. The workshop themes are:
The registration fee is £89 for each workshop including materials, lunch and coffee break. Please register before June 30th 2014.
Workshop places are limited to 25 per workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Full details of the workshops can be found at the In Situ Remediation Conference website here>>>
On the 24th March, we ran our latest networking evening on the - "The Importance of Toxicology in Managing Contaminated Land” - Hosted by The Geological Society & Royal Society of Chemistry. Over 60 CL:AIRE Members, Society Fellows, QPs and Local Authority staff attended. Camilla Pease of ENVIRON gave the keynote address on the challenges of deriving soil guideline values. Presentation slides are now available, to download please click here>>>
Defra recently published the final Category 4 Screening Level (C4SL) research project report with appendices. The project reports are supported by a policy companion document which can all be downloaded here>>>
The 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Remediation to be held on the 17-19th September 2014 in Ferrara, Italy has extended their abstract submission to 14th May 2014. For further information click here>>>
Following the move, the Environment Agency are aware that some people will find it difficult to locate some documents. There is a search page here>>>
In addition, Bristol & Avon Transport & Recycling Ltd, Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and National Grid Property Ltd have renewed their Corporate Membership and the following organisations have renewed their Technical Membership; Arup, Bone Environmental Consultant, Caerphilly County Borough Council, LBH WEMBLEY Geotechnical & Environmental, Listers Geotechnical Consultants Ltd, RPS, SEnSe Associates, The Sirius Group, Tamdown Group Ltd, trm, Wardell Armstrong.
People living near brownfield sites are significantly more likely to suffer from poor health than those living in areas with little or no brownfield land, according to new geographical research.
The findings by Durham University suggest that the regeneration of brownfield land should be considered as a policy priority for Local Authority public health teams.
The research – the first to examine the link between brownfield land and health in England – shows that brownfield sites could be a potentially important and previously overlooked environmental influence on health.
Brownfield land is previously used or derelict land that may have real or perceived contamination problems and that requires intervention to bring it back into productive use. The Homes and Communities Agency estimates that there is around 62,000 hectares of brownfield land in England alone.
Durham University researchers found that local communities with large amounts of brownfield land in England had poorer health outcomes, including limiting long term illness. Electoral wards with large areas of brownfield generally had worse health compared to those with no brownfield or only small amounts.
While the hazardous effects of brownfield land with contaminants are well known, researchers suggest that, regardless of contamination, brownfield could have wider negative impacts on the general health of communities. They say further research is needed to find out which health effects play the greatest role.
The research is published in the academic journal Environment and Planning A.
"Healthy land? An examination of the area-level association between brownfield land and morbidity and mortality in England", by Bambra et al,published in Environment and Planning A, 46(2) 433 – 454. Paper available online here>>>
SuRF-UK is delighted to announce the publication of its Phase 3 work which includes four key deliverables: