Adeptus Blog

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 Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen.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

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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