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Defra consultation on impacts of Defra's guidance and data reforms

Defra have launched a consultation on the consultation-stage impact assessment on the estimated impacts of Defra’s guidance and data reforms which now apply to the Environment Agency.

Questions regarding the assumptions used in developing the estimates of costs and benefits resulting from these reforms can be found in Part B of the consultation survey. Defra also welcomes suggestions from stakeholder for additional sources of evidence.

Defra would also like to invite feedback from stakeholders on their recent experience of using Defra guidance and reporting information to Defra and its agencies. These questions can be found in Part C and Part D of the consultation.

The consultation can be found

The deadline for comments is Wednesday 10 February 2016.


JIWG launch two decision supports tools to help industry working with asbestos in soil and construction & demolition materials

Joint Industry Working Group for Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials (JIWG) launch two decision support tools. 

Theyhave been made freely available to industry practitioners in BETA format for the purpose of trialling their use on real-life situations.

The two tools are:

  1. Categorisation of Work Activities involving Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials in accordance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012
  2. Qualitative Risk Ranking of Work Activities and Receptors Involved in or Exposed to Asbestos in Soil and Construction & Demolition Materials

The JIWG would welcome feedback from users on these versions on their applicability and validity to the wide range of scenarios that may be encountered when assessing the potential risk from and asbestos licensing status of work with asbestos and asbestos-containing materials in the ground.

Please provide any feedback to Nicola Harries This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Read more and download the tools>>>

Registration Open for Land Contamination 2016 in Cardiff

CL:AIRE is delighted to be partnering with The Geological Society in holding a one day conference in Cardiff, Wales on Monday 21 March 2016 focussing on land contamination.

As part of the Geological Society’s Year of Water this one day meeting will discuss the latest policy and how new technology can benefit the management, regulation, assessment and characterisation of land affected by contamination.


JIWG Asbestos in Soil - December Update

The JIWG Asbestos in Soil has recently posted an update of its activities.

To download the pdf click here>>>

QP renewal process for 2016 now open

With 2016 fast approaching we want to let you know the arrangements for renewing your Qualified Person subscription for the coming year.

Firstly we can confirm there will be no increase in rates; they will remain at £150 for those in the private sector and £105 for those in the public sector.
Secondly, if you do not already have one, you will require a login on this website to complete the QP renewal for 2016.


WALL goes from Strength to Strength

After the successful launch of the Water and Land Library (WALL) last month, feedback has been extremely positive with a number of recommendations of new documents to be added.

CL:AIRE welcomes industry to continue to feedback and provide further links to documents that they would like to see in WALL.

Statutory guidance: SR2008 No 27: mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances or products - Re-published

SR2008 No27: mobile plant for the treatment of soils and contaminated material, substances and products has been re-published to include ex-situ treatment of pumped water. The changes include Table 2.1: Activities, and the requirement to notify the Environment Agency prior to deployment (Clause 4.3.5).

Environmental Audit Committee to undertake enquiry on Soil Health

The Environmental Audit Committee are carrying out an inquiry on soil health. They are inviting written submissions, to be submitted no later than 5pm on Thursday 14 January 2016.

The Committee invites written submissions,  on:

  • How could soil health best be measured and monitored? How could the Government develop a strategy for tracking soil health?
  • What are the benefits that healthy soils can provide to society?
  • What are the consequences of failing to protect soil health for the environment, public health, food security, and other areas?
  • What measures are currently in place to ensure that good soil health is promoted?  And what further measures should the Government and other organisations consider in order to secure soil health?
  • What role (if any) should soil health play in the Government’s upcoming 25 year plan for the natural environment?

Submissions must be written on the form available at:

Consultation on proposed changes to National Planning Policy

The Department for Communities and Local Government has opened a consultation to seek views on some specific changes to National Planning Policy in the following areas:

  • broadening the definition of affordable housing, to expand the range of low cost housing opportunities for those aspiring to own their new home
  • increasing residential density around commuter hubs, to make more efficient use of land in suitable locations
  • supporting sustainable new settlements, development on brownfield land and small sites, and delivery of housing allocated in plans
  • supporting delivery of starter homes

The consultation closes on 25 January 2016 and is available at the following link:

ISO DIS 18400-203 Soil Quality: Sampling :Potentially contaminated sites published for comment

The Draft International Standard ISO DIS 18400-203 Soil Quality: Sampling : Potentially contaminated sites has been published for comment. This standard will replace ISO 10381-5 which was not adopted as a British Standard.

At present it seems unlikely that this standard will be adopted as a British Standard because it overlaps with BS10175. However, it is important for UK based consultants to review and comment because it is likely to be widely adopted in other countries in Europe and generally around the world.

Any comments should be sent in the prescribed form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. the Secretary of BS committee EH4 by 26 January 2016.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. directly if a copy is required.

ISO 18400 Series final prepublication versions published for comment

The ISO 18400 series final draft international standards prepublication versions have recently been published for comment. Comments due by 31st December 2015.


Land Forum Update October 2015

The meeting notes from the Land Forum’s October 20th 2015 meeting are now available from the Forum’s webpage:

First REMEDIATE Project Newsletter is launched

The REMEDIATE Project is a Marie-Sklodowska-Curie Action Initial Training Network for Improved decision-making in contaminated land site investigation and risk assessment.

The QUESTOR Centre at Queen’s University Belfast is leading the project and is working with researchers across Europe in collaboration with industrial partners.

REMEDIATE has just released its first newsletter which is available to read on the project website.

Contaminated Land Expert Panel Case Study Published

The first Contaminated Land Expert Panel Case Study has recently been published on the dedicated web site and can be accessed directly by following this link>>>

Save the date for SPEED 2016

Cranfield University and CL:AIRE, together with partners EPSRC CORE and CL4W projects, are pleased to announce the 1st International Symposium on Phytoremediation for Energy & Element Developments (SPEED), taking place on Tuesday 19 April, 2016 at RICS in Westminster, London, UK. 


CL:AIRE creates a free Water and Land Library (WALL))

CL:AIRE is delighted to announce the creation of the Water and Land Library (WALL). The objective of WALL is to make freely available a comprehensive listing of links to water and land references, both past and present, produced by respected industry publishers including the Environment Agency, AGS, BRE, CIRIA, NHBC, CL:AIRE and others.

The development of WALL has been made possible due to the generous industry support from National Grid Property and Shell Global Solutions (UK) Ltd.

The structure of WALL mirrors the information map that comprises part III of CLR 11: Model Procedures for the Management of Land Contamination and includes sections on Risk Assessment, Options Appraisal, Implementation of the Remediation Strategy, Site Characterisation and Project Management.


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