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Soil contamination: the unsettling legacy of industrialisation

Soil contamination is an issue that is strongly linked to our common past and part of the story of how Europe first became the industrial and later the environmental frontrunner in the world.  The European Environment Agency talked to Mark Kibblewhite, Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and one of Europe’s leading soil experts, to better understand the issue of soil contam...
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Council must clean up ‘appalling’ Wicklow dump within three years

The Court of Appeal has upheld an order giving Wicklow County Council three years to clean up what it described as a huge and “appalling” illegal dump with a “Kafkaesque” history.  The council itself dumped vast amounts of waste on the illegal Whitestown site near Baltinglass over two decades and was aware, or should have been, from at least the mid-1990s of the “shocking” breach of the Waste Mana...
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Land Contamination: Risk Management – updated EA guidance

The Environment Agency (EA) published an update in June 2019 to the Model procedures for the management of land contamination (CLR11).  The updated online guidance is called: Land contamination: risk management (LCRM). Reformed content The EA has developed the reformed content based on the principles of CLR11. The scope, purpose and the framework of CLR11 remains the same. The reformed content: ...
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UK Chancellor’s fund for housing development on land in need of remediation

The UK government has announced that it will give £600m in funding to help deliver infrastructure projects that will unlock an estimated 50,000 homes.   Chancellor Sajid Javid revealed on Saturday that the money would be given to five new infrastructure projects across the country that would open up sites for housing development. The money will come from the Housing Infrastructure Fund, the £5.5b...
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Problem with farming based around oil, not soil – report

The word “climate” makes most of us look up to the sky – however, the IPCC’s new special report on climate change and land should make us all look under our feet.  Land, the report shows, is intimately linked to the climate. Changes in land use result in changes to the climate, and vice versa. In other words, what we do to our soils, we do to our climate – and ourselves. The first ...
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The Power of a ‘Green’ Decommissioning, Remediation, and Redevelopment Plan

Economic pressures coupled with new and proposed regulations to reduce air emissions and regulate cooling water use and the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs) continue to drive the closure and decommissioning of coal-fired power plants. Decommissioning a power plant and repurposing the site for future use is often a lengthy and complex process. Many coal-fired facilities ...
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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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‘Premature to open park’ on polluted Haulbowline site

A report from 2017 has revealed that Cork County Council was warned that pollution on Haulbowline had “the potential to cause risks to any users of a potential future park” on the site. The document’s findings have led an environmental group to question why neither the council nor the Government revealed the results of the analysis of what is one of the country’s worst polluted former industria...
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