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 Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen.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

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