LQM is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Nottingham (UK) with an international reputation for assessing and managing the risks posed to human health and the environment by contaminants in soil. Increasingly this is being done within a context of sustainable development and specifically sustainable brownfield regeneration.

We provide consultancy, peer review and expert witness services, contract research and training courses on all aspects of the management of land contamination to problem holders, developers and local government.

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Archive: Jan 2018

  1. The Lesson of Brian …. caveat emptor …

    Whether you have been following the intricacies of rural life at Ambridge on the BBC series The Archers or not the concept of “caveat emptor”  is an important one, especially for worried Brian who has just been interviewed under caution by the Environment Agency in connection with contamination of the (fictional) River Am being linked to the floating dead fish found by Kirsty on 14th January 2018 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09lylpr).

    In real-life, a diesel leak in 2012 in Dorset at Christchurch hospital  resulting in groundwater contamination has, this week, resulted in fines and costs of £180,000 to two sub-contractors, for offences under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010 (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/contractors-fined-over-diesel-leak-at-christchurch-hospital).

    Thus the important lesson of understanding risks from land contamination has been highlighted in several places in the media recently and illustrates the need to do research on land being purchased and importance of environmental permitting regulations to prevent your site investigation or other contracting activities from affecting the local environment. Therefore, all those involved with land (including Brian) – owners, operators, contractors, insurers, lenders, consultants and regulators need to understand how land can become contaminated, the legislation surrounding it, and what to do if contamination is suspected.

    LQMs long running 5-day training course Introduction to Contaminated Land provides all this and more. This ever popular training series starts again on the 6th February 2018 in the 2 and 3 days format (6-7th and 13-15th February 2018) with some places still available. All days include practical sessions to cement understanding and the sessions also provide the opportunity to meet and network other players in the industry. Delegates can attend individual days but booking all 5-Days and pay online provides the best available value (i.e. 5 days for the price of 3).

    For details follow links below, all courses held at our Nottingham training venue (located at the former Rayleigh factory):

    Other currently scheduled courses: