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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:

  • represents up-to-date government guidance on land contamination risk management and is fully compliant to be published on GOV.UK
  • complies with new accessibility laws that the EA must meet – it must be:
  • accessible for people with disabilities – for example, be usable with assistive technology like screen readers
  • navigable, concise, clear and understandable to all
  • is web-based, easier to manage, maintain and keep up to date
  • is now more user focussed, shorter and easier to understand
  • is clear on what you have to do and where to find out more – the EA has retained the same referencing system as part 3 of CLR11, for example INFO-RA1
  • has to be aimed at people that might be doing this for the first time as well as experienced professionals
  • is available online to use on all devices (laptop, mobile phone, tablet)

The technical language, terminology and content has been updated, explained and retained where necessary.  Repetition and general background information has been removed so that the EA can meet GOV.UK publishing requirements.

The remediation process has been improved. The emphasis is now on developing and producing a single remediation strategy.  To accommodate this, some of the latter stages and tiers have been revised and reordered. Stage 2 now focusses on options appraisal whereas stage 3 is all about remediation and verification. This does not impact upon:

  • the framework and purpose introduced by CLR11
  • any ongoing or planned land contamination projects

LCRM was produced as a solution to CLR11 being archived. CLR11 will be permanently withdrawn after the feedback.

Manage land contamination

Land contamination can cause unacceptable risks to the environment and to people.  Dealing with land contamination helps make the environment clean and safe. Through regeneration it can:

  • enhance the health and well-being of all
  • add to the economic, ecological and amenity value of the area

Before you start

What you need to know before you start the risk management process.

Stage 1: Risk assessment

How to do a land contamination risk assessment (RA).

Stage 2: Options appraisal

How to do a land contamination options appraisal (OA).

Stage 3: Remediation

How to develop a remediation strategy, implement it and verify remediation has worked.

Site investigation

How to plan for a site investigation.

Reporting requirements

The reports you must produce and the information they can include.

Source – Institution of Environmental Sciences

Read: Guidance On The Management Of Contaminated Land And Groundwater At EPA Licensed Sites

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