Adeptus Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 Bone […]

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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 […]

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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 fracking […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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