Considering climate change in land contamination risk assessments

April 26, 2022

Tuesday, 7 June, 12:30–1:15 BST

Planning policy in England and Wales outlines the need to consider, mitigate and adapt against the effects of climate change for sites undergoing redevelopment. The recent consultation on the fourth National Planning Framework (NPF4) in Scotland indicates a similar approach will be adopted in that country too. However, there is currently an absence of detailed guidance on how future climate change effects should be appraised as part of the risk assessments we complete for historical land contamination. This webinar will provide a high-level overview of how the effects of future climate change could be incorporated within the conceptual site model, along with the potential implications this may have on the assessment of risks to human health, controlled waters and property receptors.

The webinar will be led by Helen McMillan, Associate Director and QRA Group Lead for RSK Geosciences. Helen also leads SoBRA’s climate change and controlled waters sub-group. She is a Chartered Geologist and ASoBRA with 20 years’ experience working in environmental consultancy, specialising in land contamination risk assessment. Helen takes pride in developing robust, practical, sustainable and cost-effective solutions to environmental problems on behalf of her clients.

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