Sunday, January 23, 2022
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The problem with arsenic in Cornwall

The geology of Cornwall is unique, with today's landscape a relic of both geological and human processes.

Discharging a duty

Water industry intransigence and regulatory neglect seem to provide the backdrop to a sewage dumping scandal that has made headlines recently and emboldened citizen scientists and environmental campaigners. Will 2022 be the year water companies are finally forced to get their act together, asks Envirotec.

Sites must fulfil water protection obligations

With public attention on corporate environmental activities, there is particular pressure on industrial companies to limit their impact on the local water environment, says Adam Parmenter, industrial sales manager at WPL.

Comment: New year brings resolution on pollution

With sector-wide recognition that a step-change is required to deliver the environmental improvements required by all stakeholders, a new year brings fresh opportunities for...

Laser scans show devastating impact of wet wipes on the Thames

River charity Thames21 has released data showing a mound created by wet wipes, which has grown to the size of two tennis courts and...
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Paint predominates in ocean plastics

Flakes of paint could be one of the most abundant types of microplastic particle in the ocean, according to new research.

The challenge of meeting zero waste targets in land remediation

Is a remediated site a clean site? Amy Jones, Associate Director with environmental engineering firm Idom Merebrook, considers the challenges of meeting zero waste...

Report calls for greenfield surcharge to encourage brownfield development

A new “greenfield surcharge” is among a series of practical proposals to encourage future brownfield development, according to a new report from member-funded group...

Sewage pollution makes popular Oxford bathing site unsafe after rainfall, say researchers

Sewage pollution is raising bacteria levels in Oxford’s popular swimming spots to unsafe levels after rainfall, new research appears to find. Research by the Oxford...
Envirotec Sept/Oct 21

A good soil

Diesel-polluted soil from now defunct military outposts in Greenland can be remediated using naturally occurring soil bacteria, according to the evidence of a recently-completed experiment in Mestersvig in the east of the country. The University of Copenhagen contributed.

Using a mineral ‘sponge’ to catch uranium

Remediation technology said to reduce uranium levels ten-thousandfold at legacy site in Colorado A "sponge-like" mineral that can "soak up" uranium is being tested...

Public debate on water pollution “oversimplified”, believes expert panel

The rise of citizen science is placing increasing pressure on water companies to improve their environmental performance and protect river and bathing water quality....

Sponsored Content: Your post-lockdown pollution-prevention plan: Why it pays to be proactive

As spring turns to summer, sites across the UK are continuing their steady return to some kind of business as usual. By the end of this year, half of manufacturers expect to be back at full operating levels and employees are coming back in ever greater numbers after months of remote working. For facilities managers, now is a critical time from the perspective of pollution control.

Sponsored Content: Environmentally-friendly spill control

For any industry that works with liquids, a spill control plan should be in place, says spills control specialist Fentex. Designed to assist with the spill control required by pollution prevention guidelines, ISO standards and other regulations, the EVO Recycled® product range began with the development of an absorbent pad made from 85% recycled cotton fibres, in the vicinity of Cambridge University.

Progress made but too many still falling short, says EA on environmental performance of...

The Environment Agency released its annual report on the environmental performance of England’s nine water and sewerage companies on 13 July. Whilst there were improvements...

Taming the black gold

Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Toronto believe they have developed a sustainable and economical way to recover oil from ultra-cold industrial wastewater and oil spills

SEPA commences remediation of radioactive contamination in bay of Fife coastal town

Remediation will involve excavating areas of the foreshore, replacing rock armour around the headland and installing a new slipway for the local Sailing Club...

Contaminated land consultants urged to use new British Standard when soil sampling

Concerns raised over reliability of old-style VOC testing Industry specialists working on contaminated land are being urged to use the new British Standard BS 10176...
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Sponsored content: MCERTS expertise provides watertight handling of storm overflows

The new Asset Management Period (AMP) in the UK water industry introduces a requirement to monitor any spills going into a storm tank – regularly referred to by those working in the sector as UMON3.

An enduring threat to water?

Dr Ian Ross of professional services firm Tetra Tech, and the author of the Emerging Contaminants Handbook, discusses the emergence of PFAS as contaminants of concern in the UK