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Revised code of practice for ground investigations - BS 5930

The 2015 revision of BS5930 has been completed and is now available from the BSI website

BS 5930:2015 deals with the investigation of sites in order to assess their suitability for construction and to identify the characteristics of a site that affect the design and construction of the project. It also considers related issues including the environment and the security of adjacent land and property. 


SuRF International and Partners recent notes of meeting are published

The chairs of the SuRF International groups and associated  partners met on 2 July 2015.  The notes of the meeting have now been published on the dedicated website and can be downloaded directly here (pdf 241KB).

ISO publishes Committee Draft ISO 8400-104 Soil quality - Sampling Strategies

A second Committee Draft of ISO 18400-104 which provides guidance on investigation and sampling strategies has been published for comment. This is an important standard because it will in due course replace (BS) ISO 10381-2 and become “normative” in BS 10175, i.e. essential for its proper application.

The present draft is a much revised version of the earlier draft issued towards the end of last year.

The main text is comparatively short but there are lengthy informative annexes. Any comments would be very welcome even if they refer to a single paragraph or short section of the draft.

The closing date for comments to be received by BSI is 1 September 2015

Copies of the draft standards together with a comment template can be obtained from the Secretary of BSI Committee EH4 – Soil quality This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CL:AIRE Register of Materials - New Sites added

We have recently added the following new sites to our Register of Materials which supports the use of the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice.

CL:AIRE keeps a Register of Materials and services which might fall within the DoWCoP.

It helps to link material holders with projects requiring materials.

Organisations involved in the management of development sites are urged to register key information to be held confidentially and presented by CL:AIRE.

CL:AIRE will act to make the introductions and offer any further services as required in order to ensure successful partnerships are achieved.

For any technical queries relating to the Definition of Waste: Code of Practice please contact Nicholas Willenbrock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Land Forum produce a briefing note on the proposed National Quality Mark Scheme

As a result of the consultation carried out on the proposed National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Affected by Contamination (NQMS), it has come to the attention of the Land Forum that there is some misunderstanding about the proposed scheme particularly amongst local authority contaminated land officers and environmental health officers.

Local authority representatives who sit on the Land Forum have therefore produced a short briefing note explaining the main aims of the proposed scheme, its key features and has addressed some of the common concerns raised by local authority officers.

Download the NQMS briefing note (pdf 19KB)

National Quality Mark Scheme Consultation Summary Report Published

Following the consultation on the proposed National Quality Mark Scheme (NQMS) for Land Affected by Contamination carried out between March and May 2015, a summary report of the the results of the consultation has been published by the Land Forum. Download the NQMS consultation summary report (pdf 371KB)

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SAGTA Announce C4SL Phase 2 Open Consultation for Priority Contaminants

SAGTA has announced an open consultation to gather views from industry of which compounds would be of greatest benefit to have a C4SL.  Further information can be downloaded here (pdf 48KB) and the spreadsheet for completion is provided here (xlsx 19KB).

The closing date for responses is Monday 7 September 2015 and should be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Site search: 2-chlorotoluene soil contamination

CL:AIRE is looking for contaminated soil to help a UK research project.

Dr James Stratford is a researcher working in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Warwick. He is currently involved in a BBSRC/EPSRC funded project studying chlorotoluene degrading bacteria and those which degrade other chlorinated organic contaminants.

He is looking for a range of sites where different microbial populations (soil samples) can be collected which are naturally adapted to these types of contaminants. Sites would need to be contaminated fairly heavily with this chemical to be of use.

Ideally sites will have large concentration gradients of 2-chlorotoluene where a clearly identified point source of contamination is causing strong localised contamination which disperses into the surrounding soil.  The research team is happy to measure the concentrations of 2-chlorotoluene in the soil so it's not necessary for this to be known exactly.  They would also prefer to take soil samples themselves to enable them to make some in situ measurements.

The work will most likely result in peer reviewed high impact research papers and any assistance provided would of course be acknowledged.

If you have a site that fits the criteria above, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CL:AIRE promotes UK industry at AquaConSoil 2015

CL:AIRE staff - Nicola Harries and Rob Sweeney have recently returned from AquaConSoil 2015 - the 13th International UFZ-Deltares Conference on Sustainable Use and Management of Soil, Sediment and Water Resources, in Copenhagen, Denmark with several hundred delegates from all over the world.

They presented three posters which are available for download:

Nicola presented in a Special Session on "Sustainable Remediation – avoiding greenwash by striving to demonstrate better results", describing the ongoing interaction among the different national SuRF networks, as detailed on the Progess in Sustainable Remediation poster.  

In addition, Rob and Nicola supported two Special Sessions that were on nanoremediation and were organised by the NanoRem project.

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