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Contaminated soil delays $6.7 billion tunnelling project

Tunnelling on a $6.7 billion Tunnel in Melbourne, Australia has been delayed due to the discovery of soil contaminated with chemicals including asbestos and PFAS.  The project is now facing potential cost blowouts, as the state government, joint-venture builders CPB Contractors and John Holland, and Transurban scramble to find a way to store, transport and clean the contaminated soil found at...
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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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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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Horse manure aids breakdown of engine oil in soil.

A mix of horse manure and conventional fertilizer shows promise in remediating soil contaminated by engine oil, according to researchers in Quebec, Canada,who have described an experiment in which they assessed the use of readily available organic matter to tackle oil-contamination in soil.  Kawina Robichaud and her colleagues, writing in the journal PeerJ, noted the challenges inherent in soil re...
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