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Mr Greg Stoner
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ENVIRON project cited by Defra
A recent press release from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) cited ENVIRON's contaminated land management work on behalf of the London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames as a "positive example" and urged local authorities in England to bid for funding to help recognize and restore contaminated land. Over £17 million in funding is available to assist councils in identifying contaminated sites and reduce the risks to human health and the environment through capital projects.
ENVIRON successfully managed the assessment and remediation of a playing field and wooded conservation area used by the Nelson Primary School in Whitten. Long considered an "orphan" site, the land had previously been levelled using various fill material of unknown origins. The field remained closed for several years following an investigation that uncovered contamination with traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, nickel, and cadium. Remedial work completed in November 2004 involved controlled excavation and the installation of a multi-layered capping system, followed by landscaping and replanting projects.
"Our involvement in this project was extensive and the team was highly motivated by the need to deal with this unforeseen historical legacy and return this area of the school back to its proper use," explained Andrew McVey, a principal at ENVIRON's London office. "The clean-up was extremely successful. Once the new grass and vegetation has become sufficiently established, full use of the field can be given back to the school and, more importantly, to the children."
Working in conjunction with the council and the Nelson Primary School, ENVIRON assisted in obtaining an award of £479,000 for the remediation of the area, through completion of a Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment (CLEA) model.
"Our local authorities have important responsibilities for finding and dealing with contaminated land" explained Elliot Morley, the Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment for Defra. "While many contaminated sites are picked up through development proposals and regeneration activity, local authorities also need financial support to identify sites that need action here and now. I want to see even more bids this year, from even more authorities, as part of the drive to locate and deal with contamination from unsustainable activities of the past."
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