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Contaminated Land & Remediation

Over 30 years of experience in the field

With over 30 years experience of contaminated land investigation, characterisation and remediation in the UK and overseas, RPS fully understands the technical and commercial issues involved.

For planning & development, due diligence, environmental permitting or the result of a particular incident, RPS' contaminated land expertise ranges from small relatively simple site investigations to multidisciplinary assessments of complex industrial sites requiring various different remediation techniques. We excel in providing our clients with advice to manage environmental liabilities at a site whilst ensuring regulatory and other stakeholder acceptance of the strategy.

RPS provides technically robust and commercially focused advice to our clients and we are very experienced with working with clients with very challenging programme requirements. Where appropriate we also provide our clients with ground engineering advise which is often best integrated with managing contaminated land during site development.

Our services include:

Desk Studies and Site Walkovers (Preliminary Risk Assessments)

Intrusive and Non Intrusive Site Investigations

Quantitative Human Health Risk Assessments

Groundwater Contaminant Fate and Transport Modeling

Landfill Gas and Soil Vapour Surveys and Assessments

Geotechnical Investigations and Appraisals

Abnormal Cost Assessments

Radioactivity Surveys

Remediation Option Appraisals and Design

Remediation Specification and Contract Procurement and Management

Remediation Supervision and Verification

GIS and Environmental Data Management

2D and 3D Ground Modeling and Visualisation

Site Waste Management Plans

Material Management Plans

Hazardous Waste Classification

Case Studies

Asbestos Contaminated Soil

Asbestos Contaminated Soil

Clare County Council

RPS has been engaged by Clare County Council to advise on potential asbestos contamination at nine sites.

RPS has been engaged by Clare County Council to provide expert consultancy services relating to potential asbestos contamination at nine sites in the Kilkee and Kilrush areas of County Clare. RPS procured and managed the site investigation contract to determine the extent of the potential asbestos contamination, including the presence of asbestos containing materials (ACMs) and fibres within the soil matrix. Extensive air monitoring was also required. RPS is currently developing remediation options for each site in line with legislative requirements, best practice, and health & safety practices. The project involves liaison with key stakeholders including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Health & Safety Authority (HSA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Assessment & Management of Environmental Liabilities

Assessment & Management of Environmental Liabilities

FGS Partnership

RPS acted as consultant to a Receiver (FGS Partnership) working on behalf of an international bank which had taken possession of two large Brownfield sites Dublin.

The sites presented a wide range of environmental risks including contaminated land, asbestos and waste.

RPS carried out a detailed Phase 1 environmental site assessment and asbestos survey for both sites and prepared a Risk Assessment Report, including a Liability Management Plan for the short, medium and long term.

In addition, RPS was appointed as project manager for the subsequent asbestos remediation and waste management at the site on the client’s behalf. Our range of technical expertise was critical to the success of this project and a cost effective asbestos remediation programme was delivered for the client.

Development of Environmental Liability Directive

Development of Environmental Liability Directive (ELD) Guidance in Ireland

Environmental Protection Agency

RPS has written a Guidance Document for the Irish EPA on the Environmental Liability Directive 2004/35/CE (ELD).

This Directive reinforces the "polluter pays principle" – requiring complementary and compensatory remediation if primary remediation cannot restore environmental damage to baseline conditions. The Directive imposes strict liability on all major industrial, waste management and energy-producing activities that have environmental pollution permits or licences – and includes a mandatory requirement to take preventive action if there is an imminent threat of environmental damage.

RPS reviewed guidance developed in other European Member States and developed practical guidance specific to Ireland. The guidance incorporates a strong risk management focus to prevent environmental damage, which is – a primary objective of the Directive.

Our expertise in ecology, water management and contaminated land combined with a proven track record in developing practical policy and guidance documents for the EPA was critical in delivering high quality guidance for the EPA.

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project

Haulbowline Island East Tip Remediation Project

Cork County Council

Haulbowline Island in Cork was the location of Ireland’s only steelworks which operated between 1939 and 2001. Waste from the steel production process was deposited on an area of reclaimed foreshore, which became known as the East Tip.

RPS was appointed in 2012 to provide environmental consultancy services for the preparation of an EIS, waste licence application and planning application for the remediation of East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity. Planning was approved by An Bord Pleanála and a waste licence was subsequently granted by the EPA.

In September 2015, RPS was awarded the contract to deliver the remediated site. Site clearance and advance works contracts are currently underway. The procurement process for the remediation works contractor is well advanced and it is expected that a contractor will be appointed in Q2 2017 and the work completed in Q3/Q4 2018.

Kinsale Road Landfill – Final Capping

Dublin Waste to Energy Kinsale Road Landfill – Final Capping

Cork City Council

RPS has completed the final landfill capping at the former Kinsale Road Landfill site, facilitating its transformation into an attractive and safe public amenity.

Appointed by Cork City Council in 2012, our services included:

Detailed design of landfill capping works, leachate and landfill gas infrastructure

Surface water system design

Design of internal access roads, pavilion building, parking, playing field and landscaped areas

Contract and construction administration

The project involved innovative reuse of construction and demolition waste, as park benches were formed from gabion cages filled with crushed concrete, recycled from demolished grain silos in the Cork City docklands. Key project elements include BMX tracks, multi-use events space, sports pitch and pavilion building.

Nuclear Licensed Site

Former Site Tip Remediation and Investigation

Nuclear Licensed Site

RPS was appointed for the site investigation and subsequent remediation of a former site tip at a nuclear licensed defence site which was previously a World War II Royal Ordnance Factory. The site investigation and risk assessment confirmed soils within the tip to be impacted with asbestos, chemical contaminants and explosive residues.

As part of the redevelopment proposals, RPS developed the remediation strategy for mitigating contamination risks and prepared a detailed Engineering Design and Remediation Specification. The engineering design included 3D digital terrain modelling, volumetric calculations, CAD engineering drawings and visualisations.

The remediation strategy comprised the excavation and re-profiling of the asbestos contaminated tip material, and the placement of protective engineered capping materials to create a sculptured landscape feature.

To maximise the re-use of materials on site, the remediation strategy also included the adoption of current environmental best practice CL:AIRE 'Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice' (CoP) which promotes the most sustainable reuse of site derived materials and the use of a Materials Management Plan (MMP).

The remediation was supervised by Remediation Consultants, Radiation Protection supervisors and Explosive Ordnance Detection engineers from RPS. We also undertook a programme of groundwater monitoring and a Verification Report was also prepared to demonstrate compliance with the strategy and the MMP.

The sustainable remediation strategy design allowed 99% of the excavated materials being re-used within the development.