Day: 1 August 2002
Most membrane processes in the UK, such as reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF), are designed for industrial applications such as process water, high-purity water and boiler feed water. With increasing demands for potable water, several utilities are investigating RO or NF treatment of brackish or seawater sources. Anglian pilot tested RO of seawater and Essex & Suffolk pilot-tested brackish well water near Dagenham as a potable water supply. Thames is also evaluating RO membranes for treating water from the Thames estuary.
Air ‘dam’ system bars gas migration
The completion of a land reclamation project in Birmingham has involved the implementation of new technology to transform a previously contaminated site affected by high levels of gas emanating from nearby disused waste landfill sites to a standard fit for human habitation
Government agency reviews brownfield land practices
English Partnerships, the Government’s regeneration and development agency, has commissioned a team from Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Nottingham and Parkman Consultants to review current practices and policies regarding the re-use of brownfield land in Europe.
Stabilisation solidification technology provides new approach to dealing with contaminated land
An innovative solution to tackling contaminated land and hazardous waste is on line to being introduced into the UK later this year. Changing UK contaminated land policy, dwindling landfill capacity and new EU legislation on landfill means that the process of using cement could become one of the most effective means of remediating contaminated land, according to a leading innovator in the field. Geo-environmental specialist Mike Southall, of Castle Cement, says that the UK is now on the verge of change in the way it dealt with contaminated sites.
Taking control of asbestos at work
The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (and its supporting Approved Codes of Practice) will be put into place in September 2002 with a compliance date of March 2004. This is required to bring the UK into line with the European Chemical Agents Directive. Steve Hurst, senior asbestos consultant with the London office of RPS Consultants, reflects on the implications of the new regulations.
The lighter side of waste
Being more environmentally aware is something that can benefit most companies and save money over the longer term. In this article, Tom Wagland, QA and environmental manager at Ricoh UK, discusses the procedures that need to be implemented to attain accreditation, as well as the ongoing work required maintaining compliance.
Smart steps to sustainability
With the help of Envirowise, Huddersfield-based commercial interiors company, Interface Fabrics embarked on a programme of waste minimisation which yielded cost savings of over £1 million. The company has been making a determined effort to minimise its impact on the environment for the past decade, and was the first textile company in the UK to achieve ISO 14001.
Power partnering drives innovation
Power partnering can be defined as ‘a long term, mutually beneficial agreement between partners, in which resources, knowledge and capabilities are shared with the objective of enhancing each partner’s competitive position’. Barbara Hutton, Cleanaway’s waste & recycling manager at BASF, Seal Sands, explains how the two companies worked together to achieve total waste management.
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