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Protecting health through the urban redevelopment of contaminated sites

Protecting health through the urban redevelopment of contaminated sites Industrial use, waste disposal, the increased use of chemicals and hazardous substances, and poor environmental management during past decades have left a legacy of contaminated sites across the WHO European Region. In the European Union alone, it is estimated that there are 2.8 million sites with potential contamination,...
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Announcing the towns for Reimagine

Repurposing disused buildings, a revamped town square and a new cultural corridor are just three of the six projects part of a community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’, announced by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of each of th...
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Land already serviced should be prioritised for development – Engineers Ireland Report

About 600,000 Irish people live in damp or rotting homes while almost two million houses will need to be refitted here in coming years, experts warn. Professional body Engineers Ireland publishes a report on Wednesday showing that homes and infrastructure in the Republic are in a poor condition and require immediate action. The State of Ireland 2019 report says that Brussels-based E...
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Potential Brownfield housing site so contaminated workers would not be able to touch the soil

Engineers clearing a proposed Derbyshire housing site contaminated with industrial waste would have to wear protective clothing and masks.  They would also be advised not to let the soil they would be removing touch their skin.  It’s because of a legacy of the dumping of harmful industrial waste products at the site at Somercotes, including poisonous and cancer-causing chemicals. But a developer ...
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Verde to speak at Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference, Belfast, 1st May

Verde’s Principal Environmental Consultant Malcolm Dowling, has been invited to speak at the Brownfield & Contaminated Land Conference in Belfast on May 1st on the topic: Clarifying Current Waste Licensing, Permitting & Management Procedures for Brownfield Redevelopment:  Implementing Article 27 (ROI) Understanding the appropriate classification of materials – when is a waste not a...
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Laois factory land will take years to decontaminate and remediate says EPA

Contaminated site remediation has finally begun on a factory site in Laois, and it will take years to make the land safe for use.  The land was poisoned by chemicals from Avon Cosmetic's factory Arlington Ltd that closed in Portarlington in 2000.  Arlington Ltd made costume jewellery and soap for over 20 years on the Canal Road site. However a chemical solvent was regularly dumped on land behin...
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Environmental Considerations When Buying a Possibly Contaminated Property

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The availability of large tracts of land on which to build new projects in advantageous locations is shrinking.  As a result, there is a growing trend of buyers considering the purchase of properties with unresolved environmental issues that they never would have considered in the past due to, among other things, potential liability, internal risk management protocols, and the inability to obtain ...
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Amidst a housing crisis, brownfield site development is a primary tool

Speaking at the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) conference at Croke Park on Tuesday, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy said further changes will be required to solve the current housing and homelessness crisis but these measures won’t be “too drastic or too dramatic”. Separately, the Minister said the Government’s new Land Development Agency (LDA) was needed as “State land is not being ...
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Land Development Agency remit will focus on developing brownfield sites

The Land Development Agency, seen by those in Government circles as one of the last remaining big policy moves to tackle the housing crisis, is expected to be permitted to use compulsory-purchase orders to acquire lands neighbouring the State sites, similar to how the Dublin Docklands Development Agency and other organisations operated. The agency will have €1.25 billion available to it to purchas...
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