Risk assessment and waste management for contaminated land

Are you ready for some of the new challenges that lie ahead? This event will explore recent developments on site investigation, including how new techniques & tools can help with assessing contaminated sites in the UK, particularly to deal with new challenges such as extreme climate events. The afternoon will look at the latest changes in waste management on contaminated land.


Things seem to be changing for the contaminated land industry. The recent government publication A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment stated the need to improve waste management and soil degradation in both urban and rural areas in the UK. It also highlighted the need to manage problems caused by climate change.

There are a number of issues that need to be explored, these include: whether the current methods of assessing risk in contaminated land are sufficient to deal with new challenges?  How issues like flooding affect landfill gas assessment?  Are there new risk assessment techniques that could help to assess risk across large sites containing difficult contaminants such as asbestos?  Are we getting any better at defining what waste is? How will changes for the tax regime for waste in April 2018 affect the way that waste from contaminated projects is managed?

Split into two parts, this event will consist of presentations workshops and a panel session.  

Why attend?
This event will explain:
  • how assessment of vapour risk could be affected by extreme climate events such as flooding, 
  • the latest developments on laboratory analysis including their advantages and limitations,
  • how drones could be used for difficult sites, their advantages, limitations and the license needed 
  • new tools to helping people to deal with difficult contaminants such as asbestos,
  • are we getting any better in defining what waste in contaminated land projects is? How can we deal with cases in the ‘grey areas’?
  • how the latest changes in tax and regulations will affect how waste is managed on contaminated projects
It will also give you an opportunity to discuss with technical experts the above topics via workshops and a panel session.

09:15 Registration and Refreshments
09.45 Chairman’s introduction 
Professor Paul Nathanail, Nottingham University and LQM
10.00 Recent innovations in ground gas monitoring and development on former landfills 
Simon Talbot, Ground-Gas Solutions Ltd
10:20 Drones and ongoing developments in digital visualisation and 3D ground modelling
Kate Wooldridge, T and P Regeneration Ltd
10.40 Laboratory testing - anything new?
Will Fardon, i2 Analytical UK Ltd
11.00 Managing asbestos from soil on site - are we getting any better?
Joanne Kwan, CIRIA
11.20 Tea 
11.40 Workshops:  vapours & how to deal with difficult sites 
12.40 Lunch
13.15 Workshops: laboratory testing & asbestos
14.15 Reporting
14.45 Panel session led by Claire Dickinson, Independent consultant
  When is waste not a waste, Jonathan Atkinson, EA
Tax and contaminated waste, Ben de Waal,  Fiscal Incentives Group Ltd
Sediments - waste classification verses risk assessment, Karen Jackson, Canal and River Trust
16.00 Questions and discussion 
16.15 Wrap up

Who should attend?
Consultants, contractors, clients, local authorities and regulators.

This event is FREE for LACL and BRMF members 
All others £190 + VAT

21 March 2018
09:45 - 16:30

Chamberlain Room,
Council House,
Victoria Square,
B1 1BB

If you are experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on 020 7549 3300  or email enquiries@ciria.org
21/03/2018 - 21/03/2018
Chamberlain Room
Council House
Victoria Square
Birmingham, B1 1BB

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