Improving the quality of contaminated land reports to increase confidence in risk assessment and remediation proposals

January 12, 2021

Date: Tuesday 19 January, 10:00 – 11:30

RSK Associate Technical Director Vivien Dent will appear as a panellist in a virtual event hosted by Environment Analyst on Tuesday, 19 January 2021 at 10:00 GMT. Titled “Improving the quality of contaminated land reports to increase confidence in risk assessment and remediation proposals”, the 90-minute session will look at the key areas of concern and the remedial measures proposed within the sector. It will include a review of the various industry accreditation schemes: their role and value in improving standards and restoring confidence, and how to improve buy-in. “The discussion theme is very topical: there are several initiatives aiming to improve the quality of contaminated land reporting, including the National Quality Mark Scheme and the SoBRA accreditation scheme,” Vivien says.

Recently, according to Environment Analyst, “there has been increasing concern about the quality of reports and information relating to the risk assessment and remediation of contaminated land, as well as installing and verifying gas protection measures. As a result, there is a lack of confidence within the sector in these reports and their suitability when assessing, verifying and signing-off brownfield development projects”. Vivien and the other panellists will chat about competence and how to demonstrate it and thus prove eligibility to sign off and approve permits or reports. “I am looking forward to the debate and to representing not only RSK, but also the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists, for which I currently chair the contaminated land working group,” she says.

Ian Evans, Technical Director at the Wood group, will moderate the event. Sarah Hamill, West Dunbartonshire Council’s Contaminated Land Officer, and Alistair Dick, Environmental Lead for Groundsure, will join Vivien as panellists. The event will begin at 10:00 GMT on Tuesday, 19 January. It is free for Environment Analyst members and for Brownfield Intelligence Network pass holders.

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