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Dealing with persistent and emerging land contaminants

This virtual conference will explore current practices in risk management for persistent and emerging land contaminants.

Online registration has now closed for this event.  If you would like to register to attend, please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen.

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Land contamination continues to be a major problem in construction projects in the UK.  With Government reforms supporting the regeneration of brownfield sites across towns and cities, effective land remediation is an important component to many projects.

The UK has over 30 years’ experience dealing with contaminants.  This event will explore current practices in risk management for persistent and emerging contaminants in soil and ground water. Industry experts will discuss the potential adverse human and ecological impacts and how these risks should be managed. Join us to hear first-hand from the regulators and discover practical solutions to deal with these contaminants.

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Why attend
Learn the current practices in managing risk of persistent and emerging contaminants
Hear the views of regulators on emerging contaminants
Discuss solutions to problems of dealing with these contaminants on site
Examine how changing climate has affected the way we deal with contaminants
Share good practice
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Contractors including remediation contractors
LA and other regulators

Wednesday 24 November 2021
10:00 – 13:15

10:00 Session 1: Emerging contaminants - what are the challenges?
Chair: Jim Wharfe, Independent Consultant

10:10 Regulator perspective: prioritising emerging contaminants
Discover how the Environment Agency’s Prioritisation and Early Warning
System (PEWS) is used to evaluate the potential risk of emerging
Lessons learnt from applying PEWS in screening and prioritising
Dr Kerry Sims, Senior Advisor for Chemicals – Early Warning, Chemicals Strategic
& Regulatory Planning Team, Evidence and Business Directorate,
Environment Agency

10:25 PFAS conceptual model: what we know and what we're missing for
environmental management
Highlight recent learnings regarding PFAS transport in soil and the water environment
Discuss how these affect management decisions in contaminated land and waste sectors Karl Bowles, Technical Director, RPS 

10:40 1,4-Dioxane – what it is and why we need to manage the risk
Overview of the 1,4-Dioxane emerging contaminant
Latest research on approaches to land remediation
Geraint Williams, Associate, ALS Environmental

10:55 Interactive discussion and Q&A

11:25 Break

11:40 Session 2: How good we are in managing old contaminants?
Chair: Andy Cundy, Professor, and Research Director of GAU-Radioanalytical,
University of Southampton

 11:50 Extreme climate incidents, controlled waters and ground gases contamination
Analysis of climate change incidents on persistent contaminants
Approach to risk management of controlled waters and ground gases
during a climate change event
Emma Evans, Principal Consultant, AECOM and Member of SoBRA’s subgroup
on Controlled Waters and Climate Change

12:05 Risk assessment for asbestos in soil – are we getting any better?
Highlight issues raised in the new HSG report HSG248 Asbestos – the analyst’s guide
Explore how HSG248 complements CIRIA publication C733 Asbestos in
soil and made ground: a guide to understanding and managing risks

Sam Lord, HM Principal Specialist Inspector, Health and Safety Executive

12:20 Lead contamination
Impacts of lead contamination on health
Approach to lead contamination risk management
Sarah Dack, Specialist Environmental Public Health Scientist, Public Health

12:35 Interactive discussion and Q&A

13:05 Closing remarks


 BRMF and LACL members   One free place per organisation*
 £90 + VAT for each additional place**  
 CIRIA members  £90 + VAT**
 Non-members  £150 + VAT**

* Please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen to register.
** Please register online.
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