The contaminated land site investigation procedure needs to identify the potential for contamination and identify possible areas that may require remedial works in order to make a site suitable for use.
The site investigation should be done in phases in order that resources are appropriately targeted.
Should establish whether there have been any former contaminative uses on the site or adjacent properties which could impact upon the development.
The Phase 1 should include a preliminary conceptual site model.
Should determine the nature, extent and severity of contamination using risk based criteria.
It should provide details of remedial options, health and safety issues, potential impacts on the environment and a detailed work plan. It should assess the risks to human health, controlled waters and the wider environment.
Should provide details of proposed remedial options, health and safety issues and a detailed remediation strategy.
Should provide a summary of remedial works carried out together with relevant documentary evidence and post remediation test results.
The site investigation procedure involves specialist technical knowledge and it is essential that all phases of the site investigation procedure are conducted by competent and experienced people (who should hold recognised and appropriate qualifications).
Where a geotechnical study and a contamination study are combined within one report the consultant should be able to demonstrate competency and has expertise to provide advice on both.
In the past we have received reports submitted on behalf of developers, which have not used a proper scientific or appropriate sampling strategy in order to assess risks from land contamination.
It is essential that developers conduct their site investigations in accordance with current good practice.
Verification requirements for cover systems, including importation of topsoils and subsoils as a growing medium produced by the Yorkshire & Humberside Pollution Advisory Committee
Verification of gas protection measures and their installation
Validating the thickness of clean capping systems