CL:AIRE's charitable remit is to encourage discussion and debate of important issues in the world of sustainable remediation. If you would like to submit an article on the latest developments in your field, or have an idea for a topic you would like CL:AIRE to cover, please email
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The Sustainable Remediation Forum UK (SuRF-UK) is holding a free stakeholder workshop on Tuesday 5th March 2013 in Birmingham starting at 10.30am and finishing at 4pm. A limited number of spaces are available. We are keen to have as wide a variety of organisations present, so priority will be given to those who do not have their organisation represented. If we are over subscribed we will hold a waiting list. Responses are required by 15th February 2013. If you are interested in attending please let Natalie Sadler know by email on
Land Forum Minutes from the meeting held on 4th December 2012 can now be downloaded here>>.
It is hoped that the next meeting will be held in March 2013.
On 21st December 2012 the government welcomed the report of the review of planning practice guidance led by Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, and announced a short consultation on the review group’s recommendations. The review group’s report makes recommendations as to the scope and form of practice guidance that should be provided in future by government to support effective planning; what new or updated practice guidance should be published, with clear priorities; and what guidance should be cancelled. To download the report, please click here>>.
A further consultation, seeking stakeholder’s views on the recommendations in the report, is now open until 15 February, and can be accessed here>>.
CL:AIRE would like to make you aware of an excellent post-doc opportunity within the ADVOCATE project to be hosted by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research GmbH - UFZ, Germany. The title is "Implementation of nitrogen transformations processes within in situ remediation strategies" and will be part of Work Package 1 - Socio-economic and sustainability aspects of in situ remediation. ADVOCATE (Advancing sustainable in situ remediation for contaminated land and groundwater) is a multidisciplinary consortium of 20 academic and industry partners across 5 European countries, which is conducting research in basic science, social processes and innovative technology applications in the field of in situ remediation (www.theadvocateproject.eu). The network will provide high-quality training to young scientists.
Click here to download the advert>>.
CL:AIRE has recently set up a Twitter account to provide easier access to relevant information and news #brownfield. You can follow CL:AIRE by clicking here>>.
CL:AIRE is delighted to announce that The Environmental Protection Group (EPG); Hydrogeo (both Technical); and Barratt Homes (Corporate) have joined as new CL:AIRE Members.
In addition, ENVIRON; Frankis Solutions; and RAW Group (all Technical) have renewed their Membership for 2012/2013.
Following the successful set up of quarterly meetings between the chairs of the different Sustainable Remediation Forums (SuRFs) and Associated Partners across the globe, a SuRF International web page (www.claire.co.uk/surfinternational) has now been established. Minutes from the meetings held have been uploaded along with the web links to all the different SuRF Groups and Associated Partners that are currently established and the name of the representative that attends the meetings.
The latest minutes from the meeting held on the 25th September 2012 between the Joint Industry Working Group (JIWG), Environment Agency and Health and Safety Executive has now been uploaded. Please visit the website www.claire.co.uk/asbestos. To download the minutes, please click here>>.
The next JIWG meeting is scheduled for the 22nd January 2013 where the new programme for preparing the code of practice specification and detailed authors briefs will be discussed. Delays have occurred to the initial programme due to ongoing discussions with regulators and awaiting the publication of the CIRIA report "Guide to managing and understanding the risks of asbestos in soil and made ground". It is anticipated that the asbestos in soil, made ground and demolition materials code of practice specification will be finalised and ready to go out to selected authors, along with detailed author briefs mid-March, with contracts to be awarded at the end of March 2013.
CL:AIRE is pleased to announce that the final SABRE bulletin (SAB6) is freely available to download from the Publications Library area of our website.
SABRE Bulletin 6 - Source Area DNAPL Bioremediation: Performance Monitoring and Assessment
This bulletin is the final instalment of the SABRE (Source Area in situ BioREmediation) bulletin series. It describes performance monitoring and assessment (PMA) approaches undertaken as part of the SABRE Project. The SABRE Project integrated laboratory and field investigations with process modelling and performance assessment, which has greatly enhanced understanding of the technology.
The SABRE Project brought together an international, multidisciplinary team and was the largest project to be funded under the UK LINK Bioremediation Programme. Additional support from project partners, Environment Agency, BBSRC, NERC and EPSRC contributed to making SABRE a success.
To download this or any of the other SABRE bulletins please click here>>
The Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) is comprised of management and labour groups representing a wide spectrum of the construction sector in the most populous province of Canada. A primary objective is to work in cooperation with governments and related stakeholders to offer realistic solutions to a variety of challenges facing the construction industry. RCCAO provides advice on planning, financing and building infrastructure and since 2006 has commissioned more than 20 independent research reports. These top quality, professionally-produced reports have provided input to governments on many issues and can be accessed at www.rccao.com.
Planning Policy Wales (PPW) sets out the land use planning policies of the Welsh Government. It is supplemented by a series of Technical Advice Notes (TANs, listed in the Annex). Procedural advice is given in circulars and policy clarification letters. It translates their commitment to sustainable development into the planning system so that it can play an appropriate role in moving towards sustainability.
For further information and to download each chapter, please click here>>. The entire document can be downloaded here>>.
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