Adeptus Blog

November 12, 2018
Phase 2 Contamination Survey, GQRA and Percolation Test

The project was a very small development, with an additional two bedroom house being constructed on the end of an existing terrace. As costs for the proposed borehole investigation seemed disproportionate, the developer decided to get a second opinion. Fortunately, he was put in touch with Adeptus via the project structural engineer.

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 Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen.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

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