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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Peer Review of Reports

LQM have a long history of providing peer review services to local authorities, land owners and developers, who require confirmation of the quality and technical robustness of contaminated land assessment reports, remedial strategies and risk management verification documents etc.

To date we have reviewed a large number of reports using our unique peer review process, which allows the report's authors to respond to our comments before we make any final recommendations to clients.  Such reviews have related to reports submitted under the Planning system, in relation to voluntary cleanup activities and regarding sites being investigated under the Part 2A Contaminated Land Regime; these different legal contexts have different requirements and objectives that need to be reflected in our review comments.

Our comments would include identifying incorrect or inappropriate use of statistical approaches, weaknesses in the site characterisation or risk modelling assumptions as well as noting any significant errors in spelling, phrasing, punctuation and structure of the report.  While deficiencies can be found in any report, our aim is to identify those of consequence that may effect the scientific validity of the conclusions.

The cost of such reviews is entirely dependent on the time needed to read and understand the arguments and justifications presented in a report.  Consequently, the costs of a review is not solely a product of the number of pages but also of the quality and complexity of the documents submitted.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements.