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 Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen.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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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 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 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 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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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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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 The revised ‘Contaminated Land Statuary Guidance’ (concerning part 2A of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) […]

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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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