The EPA’s publication “Guidance on the Management of Contaminated Land and Groundwater at EPA Licensed Sites” and associated Reporting Templates provide assistance and information for individuals and organisations engaged in the management of contaminated land and groundwater at EPA licensed sites.
The risk-based approach in this guidance is considered best practice for the assessment and remediation of contaminated land and groundwater at EPA licensed sites. This consistent approach ensures that the standard of works undertaken is adequate, that issues are understood and dealt with appropriately and that both operators and the EPA work towards achieve the aim of closing out the issues on contaminated sites in an efficient manner.
The risk assessment methodology follows a staged approach, designed to ensure that key elements are addressed in succession and only as needed. The three main stages are:
STAGE 1: Site Characterisation & Assessment
STAGE 2: Corrective Action Feasibility & Design
STAGE 3: Corrective Action Implementation & Aftercare.
A critical element of the methodology that underpins the entire process is the establishment and use of a Conceptual Site Model (CSM) for the land and groundwater environment.
This Guidance is a live document and will be updated periodically to reflect changes in legislation, technical guidance and industry best practice.
Download EPA’s “Guidance on the Management of Contaminated Land and Groundwater at EPA Licensed Sites” and associated Guideline Template Reports.
The Guidance on the Management of Contaminated Land and Groundwater at EPA Licensed Sites” and associated Methodology For The Identification Of Waste Disposal or Recovery Sites In Ireland should be used when assessing unregulated historic landfills.
Download the Guideline Template Report for use when reporting a Hydrogeological review/technical assessment to demonstrate compliance with the Environmental Objectives (Groundwater) Regulations 2010.