Guidance on the application of Part IIA of the Environmental
Protection Act 1990
Contribution to the Local Authority Guide to the
Application of Part IIA of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 as
part of a consortium led by Monitor Environmental Consultants Ltd.
(part of the Casella Group). Other members of the consortium were:
The project steering group included representatives of
DETR/DEFRA, CIEH, LGA and the Environment Agency.
The guide, which was published in July 2001, is
available for downloading* from the websites of the Chartered
Institute of Environmental Health and the Local Government Association.
* A revised version was produced by others in 2007/8.
This in turn has been renedered out of date by the pubglication of
revised Stautory Guidance in 2012.
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FAO Soils Bulletin: Management of polluted and
other degraded soils
The Bulletin, which has been prepared for the Food and
Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, deals with the
management of contaminated, polluted and degraded soils for use in
agriculture and horticulture etc. Contamination is taken to be the
presence of potentially harmful substances of agents as a result of
human activity; pollution as the condition when potentiaaly harmful
substances or other agents introduced as a result of human activity
are present in sufficient quantity to cause harm; and degradation as
any process, including pollution, causing harm to any property or
function of a soil. It thus includes, for example, loss of soil
physical structure due to compaction and destruction of soil profiles
during surface mining.
The final draft was submitted to FAO in April 2001 but
remains unpublished in 2012 laregley because of the failure of other
parties to deliver their contributions.
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Procedure for assessment and management of
risks to buildings, building materials and services from land contamination
This project has been concerned with the production of
guidance related to the assessment and management of risks to
building, building materials and services from land
contamination. It has been undertaken by the Building Research
Establishment in collaboration with M A Smith Environmental
Consultancy and Monitor Environmental Consultants. The objectives of
the project were as follows:
To produce a R&D Technical Report
reviewing available guidance on assessing and managing risks to
buildings from land contamination.
To produce a practical, authoritative and useable
guidance document on how risks to buildings, building materials and
services should be assessed and the subsequent selection and
implementation of the appropriate risk management action which is
required to manage the identified risks when considering land contamination.
The Technical Report has been produced as a literature
review of the risks to buildings incorporating risks to existing and
new buildings from aggressive soils, expansive slag, combustible fill
and unstable fill (the four principal hazards) . The report
provides information that can be used in the assessment and
management of risks to buildings, building materials and services
(BBM&S). It is based on available technical information in
the literature and as well as providing technical information
provides an essential source of reference papers for further reading.
A technical guidance document on the assessment and
management of risks to BBM&S has also been produced . It
is different from the literature review in that it guides assessors
of contaminated land through a process for assessment and management
of risks to BBM&S from four principal hazards of aggressive
soils, unstable fill, combustible fill and expansive slags. It
contains technical details on issues specific to BBM&S whilst
recognising that assessment and management will often be included
within general contaminated land risk assessment and management.
The guidance document is the first to cover BBM&S
to be produced in the United Kingdom and will provide a valuable
source of reference and guidance for those involved in assessing and
managing risks to BBM&S. This includes Environment Agency
staff, consultants, contractors, developers, local authorities and
development agencies. It was decided to produce a guidance
document as opposed to a secondary model procedure as the procedural
side is much the same as that detailed within the main Model
Procedures. It was therefore only necessary to consider the
distinctive technical issues concerned with BBM&S.
Risks of Contaminated Land to Buildings,
Building Materials and Services. S
Garvin, R Hartless, M Smith, S Manchester & P Tedd, Environment
Agency Technical Report P331 (WRc, Swindon, 2000).
Assessment and Management of Risks to Buildings,
Building Materials and Services, R&D Technical Report, P5
035/TR/01, Environment Agency, 2001.
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