July 6, 2017
Reuse of Road Planings containing Coal Tar & PAHs GP

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 Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen.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 the asphalt […]

Read More
August 19, 2016
Brexit: implications for the UK environmental sector

Whether you’re a Brexiter or Remainer, there can be no doubt that the Brexit decision has led to uncertainty in a number of areas, including that of environmental regulation. The government will have to decide which EU environmental directives will continue to be applied via UK law, and which (if any) it wishes to discard. […]

Read More
July 29, 2016
Industry working to raise minimum standards in Risk Assessment of Land Contamination

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 the […]

Read More
July 17, 2016
Reuse of shredded tyres: sustainable or health risk?

According to the Environment Agency of England and Wales, around 55 million waste tyres are produced in the UK every year. On average, a tyre will be good for for around 20,000 miles before replacement is required. The EU-wide ban on the landfilling of tyres has compelled the development of various methods of processing waste […]

Read More
June 29, 2016
Conveyancing | Flood Risk Reports & Contaminated Land Liability

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 6 of […]

Read More
February 18, 2016
Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice (CL:AIRE)

The CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments) Development Industry Code of Practice version 2, enables the on site re-use of materials such as soil, as an alternative to landfill. If dealt with according to the code, these materials need not be classified as waste, so will not require an environmental permit, nor an official […]

Read More
January 23, 2016
EA accepts concerns over revised standard rules (environmental permitting)

The Environment Agency (EA) have now responded to a consultation exercise on the standard rules concerning landspreading and digestate storage, deposit for recovery (i.e. construction, restoration, etc.), and soil transfer involving treatment and recovery. The consultation ran from December 2014 to March 2015. The EA have made some concessions to operators; however, significant changes to […]

Read More
January 14, 2016
The Importance of Soil Management Cannot be Overstated

    MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) of the House of Commons have launched an investigation into the health of Britain’s soils. The aim is to consider how soils management and measurement of our can be improved. The committee will look at existing soil protection regulations, and then determine whether further action is […]

Read More
January 9, 2016
Environmental Toxicology - the Dose Makes the Poison!

One does not have to look far today to encounter concerns around our increasing exposure to ‘chemicals’. However, every substance is in fact a chemical or a mixture of chemicals, including all our food, drink and our own bodies. What people usually mean is that they want to avoid any ‘synthetic’ chemicals (those that don’t […]

Read More
January 4, 2016
ESOS Compliance or ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems

  ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for qualifying non-governmental bodies in the UK. The requirement for ESOS compliance applies both to businesses and not-for-profit organisations, provided they are large enough to meet the qualifying criteria. An organisation qualifies for ESOS if they have either 250 or more employees, or […]

Read More
December 22, 2015
Contaminated Land Funding Cuts - The End of Part 2A?

  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 […]

Read More
December 19, 2015
Contamination Incident Response Unit fleet cut by a third

  According to a leaked document, the government are due to reduce the number of the fire service’s incident response units (IRUs) by a third. These vehicles provide decontamination facilities and spill response in the event of an emergency involving chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear contamination incident . According to the document, 22 out of […]

Read More
December 14, 2015
Asbestos in Soil: Health Risk Assessment and Remediation

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 hazardous forms […]

Read More
December 12, 2015
Fracking - Groundwater contamination may emanate from surface spills

  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 […]

Read More
November 30, 2015
Local authroities to compile statutory register of brownfield land

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 possibilities […]

Read More
November 20, 2015
Suggestions for Toxicological Risk Assessment reforms in respect of pharmaceuticals

  For many years, the environmental effects of agrochemicals and industrial chemicals were subjects of public concern, increasing regulation and toxicological risk assessment, while the environmental effects of pharmaceuticals were largely neglected. It was only in the 1990s that regulators turned their attention towards pharmaceuticals, which resulted in the European Medicines Agency producing its ‘Guideline’on […]

Read More
November 10, 2015
Study suggests willow trees grown in contaminated soil (phytoremediation) are more resistant to pests

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 […]

Read More
November 10, 2015
Projections suggest greater flood risk for UK

  A recent report, prepared as input towards the government’s 2017 climate change risk assessment (CCRA), indicated that the risk of flooding in the UK would increase significantly in the future, due to climate change. The authors of the report, Paul Sayers (Sayers and Partners), Matt Horritt (Horritt Consulting), Professor Penning-Rowsell (Middlesex University) and Andy […]

Read More
November 9, 2015
Atmospheric deposition of unburnt rocket fuel and its transformation products

  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 […]

Read More
November 6, 2015
Flood risk management through stormwater retention ponds

  Stormwater retention ponds (also known detention basins) are often incorporated into new housing developments in order to manage flood risk. Typically a pond will be constructed in a low-lying point in a new estate. The ponds can even be situated where vulnerable groundwater is present or above contaminated ground, provided they are securely lined. […]

Read More
November 5, 2015
Topsoil exemption from Environmental Permit

  The situation with regard to the use of manufactured topsoil, as opposed to its production, has been somewhat unclear in the past. The UK government has recently recognised that it is not sensible to require all users of manufactured topsoil to obtain an environmental permit, since many of them will be simply carrying out […]

Read More
October 29, 2015
Devolution of the Contaminated Land Regime

  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 [single_line_divider] The revised ‘Contaminated Land Statuary Guidance’ (concerning part 2A of […]

Read More
October 22, 2015
The Environmental Damage Regulations (2015)

  The Environmental Damage Regulations (EDRs) are wide-ranging government regulations that can potentially apply to many businesses.   The regulations are the UK government’s implementation of the EU Environmental Liability Directive 2004/35/EC. The regulations were formally designated as ‘The Environmental Damage (Protection and Remediation) Regulations 2009’, but have recently being re-issued for England, with very […]

Read More
October 14, 2015
Contaminated Land Site Investigation: Code of Practice Updated

BS10175, the code of practice for the investigation of potentially contaminated sites, was substantially revised in March 2011. Most commentators regard the revised British Standard as a significant improvement on the earlier 2001 version. The standard is a code of practice, rather than a legally binding standard. Nevertheless, non-adherence to the standard can still have […]

Read More
Need help or have a question
Request a Quote
Email Us
0161 667 1292
London
+ 44 (0)207 7597
Manchester
0161 6671292
Warrington
0161 6671292
envelope
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram