Applied Geology

Regulatory Liaison

Applied Geology has extensive experience working with regulators to achieve the most commercially focused and technically robust solutions to site contamination. Our extensive knowledge of both geotechnical and contaminated land issues ensures we are well placed to offer integrated advice and solutions to a wide range of site development problems. In addition to liaising closely with regulators, the company has experience in working for Local Authorities in developing contaminated land inspection strategies as part of their Part IIa commitments and other matters.


Case Study 1
In their Part IIa searches a District Council identified the site of a former petrol station that had been developed with housing and had highlighted it for further consideration under their Contaminated Land Strategy. This was further highlighted when an owner reported to the Council that during digging his garden he had exposed oil with and hydrocarbon odours. Applied Geology was commissioned to review a vast amount of data including various phases of geoenvironmental appraisals and remediation strategies and validation work to construct a Conceptual Model outlining the potential pollutant linkages for the site. Subsequent site work was undertaken targeting the main areas of concern but also covering general areas of the site.

Case Study 2
In a similar manner a Borough Council established that a plot of land needed to be further investigated under their Part IIa strategy and commissioned Applied Geology to undertake a Phase I Study followed by a Phase II Investigation. The Phase I Study revealed that the site had been a former sand pit that had a history of being infilled and remediated by a number of operators, including a range of toxic and difficult liquid wastes. Research also established that the site had been investigated in great detail by the IGS (now British Geological Survey) and there was a vast amount of data, including deep boreholes on- and off-site, that investigated the near surface geology and groundwater conditions. Subsequent site work (with health and safety considerations), laboratory work and risk assessments confirmed that pollutants linkages did exist.