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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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EPA report warns of increasing Irish hazardous waste problem incl. contaminated soils

EPA report warns of increasing Irish hazardous waste problem incl. contaminated soils Despite some progress, the EPA has warned that hazardous waste is still a serious concern in Ireland.  New findings from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have revealed the amount of hazardous waste produced in Ireland, including ash produced by waste to energy facilities, contaminated soils and chemical...
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Council must clean up ‘appalling’ Wicklow dump within three years

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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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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 facilitie...
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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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Comprehensive overview of conducting Real Estate transactions in Ireland

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Current trends in and future prospects for the real estate market (both commercial and residential) in Ireland The office market saw a record year of leasing in 2017, primarily in Dublin. In addition to natural growth, market analysis suggests Brexit added additional demand for office space. In the residential sector, house prices rose an average of 12.3% in 2017, mainly due to a continued l...
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Decades long row over homes on contaminated land

A new proposal has been submitted to build nearly 200 homes on a former brick works with developers vowing to end a 40-year planning saga.  Residents have fought developers targeting the old Nocks site in Erdington, UK for decades over concerns the site is heavily contaminated from its use as a landfill.  And now fears have been sparked again after Persimmon Homes - which has already obtained perm...
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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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