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Aerial photo showing the site condition at the start of the project and the River Enler running adjacent

Developing contaminated land by waterways

Waterways are extremely important for the environment – but developing contaminated land by waterways can compromise their role.

Waterways across the world have long been a source of employment, particularly in heavy industries, such as shipbuilding or warehousing.

Over the years, canals and rivers including the Thames, the Lagan and the Mersey have been transformed. As heavy industry has moved out, housing and leisure projects have moved in.

But waterways’ …

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Firefighting foam is one of the PFAS found in the environment

What you need to know about PFAS and the environment

Concerns about a group chemicals called PFAS that leave a lasting legacy are continuing around the world. You find perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in a number of everyday items. These include water repellants, food packaging, fire retardants and non-stick cookware.

While originally considered useful, there is growing evidence that thet pose a risk to health. You can often find them on brownfield sites and in groundwater. Some are banned …

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