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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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Webinar Recording: Contamination from clandestine, criminal, informal and cottage industry land uses

Only £30 (excl VAT) with online card payment discount.

Derelict, abandoned and underused buildings may be put to informal and illegal uses, including the manufacture of synthetic recreational drugs.  The very nature of such activities poses challenges to those carrying out site walkovers and advising on the need for and scope of remediation if the sites are to be redeveloped, converted or sold.

Manufacture of synthetic chemicals for use as recreational drugs can result in contamination of soil and groundwater with chemicals that are not routinely considered in the investigation of potentially contaminated land. This webinar will describe those chemicals and advise those inspecting or investigating illegal drug manufacturing sites on what to look for and how to sample soil or liquids suspected of being contaminated.

This ~60min recording of the Professional Practice Webinar was originally delivered on 18th January 2019 (NOTE: only access to the recording will be provided, original handouts are not included). The webinar was delivered by Paul Nathanail as part of LQM's continued commitment to raising standards among practitioners and regulators on topics of timely relevance.

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  • Content
  • Citation

This webinar covered:

  • outline the nature of the chemical hazards that might be encountered in buildings being used for such illegal activities
  • indicate actions to protect inspection staff
  • indicate options for risk assessment and remediation
  • outline sources of the relevant guidance

By the end of the webinar, you will:

  • Understand the nature of the chemicals that may be found in illegal drug manufacturing sites
  • Understand how to sample soil and liquid suspected of being contaminated with chemicals associated with illegal drug manufacture
  • Understand what precautions should be taken to protect site investigation staff
  • Understand what remediation options are available
  • Be familiar with sources of further guidance on the investigation, management and remediation of illegal drug manufacturing sites

January 2019

"Good understanding the likely contents to be encountered at clandestine labs and the legal context" (Local Authority, Jan 2019)

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