October 13, 2013

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Geosyntec Contributes to Ireland's New Guidance for Contaminated Land Management

Geosyntec scientists and engineers played a key role in the design and development of a new framework for and published guidance on the management of contaminated land and groundwater for Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency.

Marcus Ford, CGeol., a principal hydrogeologist for Geosyntec based in the United Kingdom, said he is enthusiastic about the outcome of this work with the Ireland EPA.

"The new guidance creates a much more level playing field for licensees, consultants, and regulatory authorities alike, and should ensure priority contaminated sites are given the appropriate level of focus and are addressed with time," he said.

The guidance aims to ensure remediation professionals use a consistent approach in the assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater issues at EPA-licensed sites across Ireland. Another goal is to define reasonable minimum standards in terms of the level of information and detail required for monitoring, investigation, risk assessment, and remediation programs, and to ensure defined reporting standards are met.

Additionally, the guidance highlights the importance of developing a robust conceptual site model that should underpin decision making throughout a three-stage remediation process, which includes:

  • STAGE 1: Site Characterization and Assessment
  • STAGE 2: Corrective Action Feasibility and Design
  • STAGE 3: Corrective Action Implementation and Aftercare

The guidance includes a series of seven report templates, each of which outline the content and level of detail EPA officials expect to see in reports at each of the three stages in the process. The new document, "Guidance on the Management of Contaminated Land and Groundwater at EPA Licensed Sites," as well as associated guideline template reports are posted online by the Ireland EPA.

Learn more online about Geosyntec's Land and Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Practice in Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information contact Marcus Ford in Delph, England, on +44 (0)145 787 9513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Graham Webb in Dublin on +353 (0)1 882 5996 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..