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Remediating Brownfield Sites

The Government has said that over the next five years it plans to directly commission the construction of thousands of new homes on public land. David Cameron described this announcement as the biggest shift in house building policy in the last 30 years. These plans will be backed up by an extra £1.2 billion to help remediate brownfield sites for tens of thousands of new homes across the country. This is an important step forward, with the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) estimating there is capacity for at least one million new homes on suitable brownfield land in England alone.

Soil Quality Insights

While the Netherlands now has strict laws in place to protect the environment, this hasn’t always been the case. The discovery of severe soil contamination in the 1980s in Lekkerkerk, Netherlands, has left a legacy of soil remediation.

Understanding Site Contamination

Contaminated sites and the extent to which contaminants have spread are usually difficult to comprehend and are therefore often underestimated. As a consequence, these incomplete insights may lead to inappropriate measures, cost overruns and remedial target levels that in practice turn out to be hard to achieve.

Hidden Depths

Our industrial legacy has caused many problems. Sites that are now being redeveloped for industry and housing hold many hidden dangers, and it is vital that a site investigation is completed (and possible remediation performed) before it can be reused. An environmental consultant should carry out a desk study to determine the probable extent of any contamination before conducting an intrusive investigation.

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Site Evaluation

We are routinely asked the following question: “Do you do soil testing and site evaluation?” Often this is the sole question posed in an e-mail or during an initial telephone enquiry in relation to a potentially contaminated site.

Environmental Forensics

Oil spills and contaminations that have resulted in disastrous economic and environmental damage that may last for decades have made the news headlines across the world in recent years. The lawsuits surrounding them have proved just as newsworthy, with billions of pounds of compensation being paid out by those found to be responsible.

Land Remediation for Heavy Metal in Soil

Nikko, the UNESCO World Heritage site, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan. One tourism site writes: “The view (from nearby Mt Nantai) is breathtaking, as if you are in paradise1.” Unbeknown to most tourists, just over the mountain ridge to the south of Lake Chuzenji is another view - the 3000-hectare moonscape that was once the Ashio copper mine2, and downstream in the Watarase River Basin, 100,000 hectares of once-polluted farmland3.

Enviromental Land Remediation

The industrial legacy of the United Kingdom and some current industrial activity has left large areas of land contaminated in the UK and the contamination which has been introduced into the soil poses a risk to the wider environment, human health and natural resources such as groundwater. A very large proportion of our drinking water is pumped form aquifers beneath our feet and this water can be rendered unfit for consumption by trace quantities of some contaminants, some of these contaminants, such a chlorinated hydrocarbons can originate from apparently innocuous places as dry cleaning businesses. Other facilities such as petrol filling stations can leak contaminants into the ground for many years unnoticed.

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Land Remediation Measurement

There are 3.5 million suspected contaminated sites within the EU. The EU Soil Framework Directive will soon require member states to compile a national database of these sites, measure the contamination and put in place a national remediation strategy.

Putting Smart Molecules to Work

A nanotechnology to predict bioremediation potential For the past six years Alcontrol Laboratories have been working in collaboration with The University of East Anglia and Lancaster University (within the DTI LINK Bioremediation Programme) to establish and validate laboratory methods to assess bioremediation potential of contaminated land. This work has now validated a method that, through the application of ‘smart molecules’, can be used to extract contaminants from soil in a way that reflects their microbial bioaccessibility.

Land Remediation

Introduction - Setting the scene Land is essentially a non-renewable, finite and essential natural resource which is exploited in the process of economic and social development and well-being. Inappropriate or unsustainable management of land (Table 1) such as the uncontrolled expansion of urban areas, land dereliction or industrial land contamination can lead to environmental degradation, manifested as loss of biodiversity or productive capacity. These consequences can be irreversible if not controlled.

Remediating Contaminated Land

It is estimated that there are 100,000 sites in the UK that are contaminated, 0.2% of the country's land. These need either to be cleaned up so they can be re-used to meet the land shortage and conservation of green areas, or simply to ameliorate the pollution.

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Legislative Driven Environmental Analysis

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Costs and Benefits of Land Remediation

It is estimated that there are 100,000 sites in the UK that are contaminated, 0.2 % of the country's land. These need to be cleaned-up so they can either be re-used to meet the land shortage and conservation of green areas or simply to ameliorate the pollution.

 

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