UK Government launches sustainable land remediation initiative
The UK Government has launched a public-private partnership to promote sustainable remediation of contaminated land.
CLAIRE (Contaminated Land : Applications in Real Environments), will establish a network of test sites. The sites will be intended to represent the main types of contaminated sites that occur across the UK.
CLAIRE will co-ordinate demonstrations of new remedial and innovative technologies on these sites, which may be full-scale technology demonstrations or small-scale field trials to allow researchers to develop their new technologies. CLAIRE will collate and publicise the results of the project.
The Chief Executive of CLAIRE, Paul Beck has 24 years experience in the fields of geology and hydrogeology, and has been involved in the characterisation of subsurface materials and the assessment of environmental conditions, particularly as they relate to contaminated land. He previously held the position of Co-ordinator of Groundwater Quality for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and was responsible for research and technical liaison for MOE sponsored research projects.
CLAIRE’s Chairman Phil Kirby is currently Director and General Manager of BG plc Property Division, responsible for a large portfolio of contaminated sites and is involved in many aspects of the construction industry. He is a full member of the Urban Task Force and has experience in putting together design teams, including the master planning team responsible for the Greenwich Peninsula site.
CLAIRE’s members include the Soil and Ground Water Technology Association (SAGTA); The Environment Agency; Department of Environment Northern Ireland; Scottish Environment Protection Agency; Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships) and the Welsh Development Agency.
CLAIRE is also supported by Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; Local Government National Land Reclamation Panel; Pennon Group; RJB Mining plc; Scottish Enterprise; Scottish Power; UK Research Councils and Unilever.
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