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Archive for the ‘Contaminated Land’ Category

29
Jul

  A register for risk assessors has been recently established by The Society of Brownfield Risk Assessment (SoBRA). Registration is open to those who can demonstrate that they are capable of carrying out and reviewing land contamination risk assessments without supervision. The aim of the register is to raise the standard of risk assessment, enhance […]

29
Jun

The Law Society has recently issued updated versions of two of its practice notes: one on flood risk and one on contaminated land. These are interned to provide guidance for professional involved in land and property transactions, such as solicitors and conveyancers.   Guidance on Flood Risk   According to the Environment Agency, 1 in […]

14
Jun

    Asphalt (tarmac) road surfaces laid down in the 1980s or earlier may contain coal tar. Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen. By the 1980s, coal tar was largely confined to a surface dressings, but up to the 1970s the main binding material of […]

22
Dec

  Earlier in 2015 a long-awaited DEFRA-commissioned report on the state of contaminated land in England, entitled ‘Examination of contaminated land sector activity in England’, was finally published. A similar report was prepared covering Wales. The authors of the report were from the not-for-profit organisation CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments), Cranfield University, and […]

14
Dec

  A number of recent high profile cases have resulted in heightened awareness and concern around asbestos in soil and the resultant health risks.   Due to the extent of previous asbestos use in construction, the majority of regulation to date is concerned with asbestos incorporated into the fabric of many buildings. Although the most […]

12
Dec

  A recent study (Drollette et al) on groundwater contamination in fracking regions of Pennsylvania has detected traces of fracking chemicals in groundwater. However, the authors believe that these chemicals, including the fracking substance bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, aromatic hydrocarbons, and diesel range organic compounds, are from surface spills, rather than upwards seepage from the deep rocks where […]

30
Nov

  The government is legislating for statutory registers of brownfield land suitable for housing to be introduced. While some local authorities already possess such registers, many will have to produce them. It is estimated that over half the brownfield land in the UK is vacant or derelict, the remainder being currently used, but still possessing […]

10
Nov

Nature is amazing in its ability to defend and repair itself when harmed. A new study shows willow trees are able to turn on and off components of their DNA when planted in contaminated soil,…     Trees can decontaminate land, while protecting themselves from pests   Researchers from the University of Montreal have discovered […]

09
Nov

  1,1-Dimethylhydrazine (also known as unsymmetrical dimethyl hydrazine, UDMH) is a commonly used rocket fuel. In some locations, such as the surroundings of the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, extensive pollution by 1,1-dimethylhydrazine has occurred, mainly from the early stages of rockets falling back to earth. The Baikonur Cosmodrome was constructed in the Soviet era, and […]

29
Oct

  The Environmental Protection Act 1990, Part 2A, is the underlying basis of contaminated land regulations, but guidance as to its implementation varies, as responsibility for contaminated land has been devolved within the UK.     Contaminated Land Regulation in the UK   England The revised ‘Contaminated Land Statuary Guidance’ (concerning part 2A of the […]

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