Briefing sessions look at land remediation policy

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC) will be holding four essential policy briefings on land remediation on Tuesday 18 May and Wednesday 19 May at the 2006 International Clean Up (ICU) Conference.

Featuring leading experts from Government and industry these events have become established as the place to get definitive current status reports and clear guidance on the key issues affecting the contaminated land sector.

The first session, Waste Regulation and Contaminated Soils: The Latest Developments will examine the latest developments in UK and European waste policy and the implementation of waste regulation have on the land remediation sector.

Last November, the introduction of the new Mobile Treatment Licence (MTL) was anticipated, with promised improvements to the process of licensing land remediation activities. The MTL is now with us. It is still early days though.

A quick poll of contractors indicates that MTLs are in place now, but concerns are voiced about the capacity of the Account Managers to process Deployment Forms rapidly.

Another development is the long heralded EA guidance on the definition of waste when developing greenfield and brownfield sites. The release of this is understood to be imminent. Still to come, but nonetheless important to the remediation industry, is the new European Waste Directive.

EIC's Seminar will bring together key speakers from regulators and industry to cover these topics in depth, allowing attendees to keep up to date with developments in the complex world of waste regulation and contaminated land.

The second seminar, later the same day, will look at the continuing impacts of the Landfill Directive on land remediation. Those in attendance will not only benefit from detailed updates directly from the Environment Agency on hazardous waste guidance and policy frameworks for enforcing on hazardous waste, but also first hand advice from the Agency on assessing and dealing with hazardous waste in the land remediation sector.

The third seminar will examine the new markets and new incentives for brownfield regeneration. Delegates will have the opportunity to directly learn about the new markets and incentives that will be created by developments such as the Thames Gateway and the Olympics site.

A high-level representative from East Midlands Development Agency will be on hand to benefit delegates with expert advice on regeneration strategies currently being adopted by the UK's Regional Development Agencies. Finally, delegates will receive first hand advice on the tax incentives and grants available to those in the brownfield regeneration sector.

The fourth and final seminar in the afternoon of 19 May will provide delegates with a thorough examination of the trials and tribulations of the development and implementation of the Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment model and guidance.

The Chair of the SGV Task Force will provide a detailed introduction to the current position of the SGV Taskforce, as well as imparting expert advice on what she perceives to be the barriers to future development of CLEA.

The Environment Agency will also be on hand to speak on the progress of new CLEA software in the UK. Furthermore, the President of the Chartered Institute of Environment Health will provide delegates with first hand expert opinion on CLEA and Part IIA from the perspective local authorities.

Each seminar will offer delegates the opportunity to pose their questions and concerns to any of the industry's experts in attendance. For details on all the seminar sessions can be found here.

The Environmental Industries Commission (EIC), with over 290 Member companies, is the lead association for the 290 companies in the environmental technology and services sector. EIC's Contaminated Land Working Group, which represents over 180 Member companies, is working overcome the regulatory barriers to the success of the land remediation sector.



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