EUROPEAN LEGISLATION that comes into effect in July will bring brownfield regeneration to a standstill in less than six months according to remediation firm Envirotreat.
It has called on the construction sector to change the way it deals with contaminated soil to prevent this. Envirotreat technical director Neil McLeod said the European Landfill Directive will force developers to treat contaminated soil on site rather than dumping it at a landfill.
Contaminated soils must be taken to special hazardous waste landfills of which there a very few in the UK. McLeod said reclassification would reduce the number from 218 to 11.
'Fewer sites and longer distances to transfer waste explain the expected huge rises in dig and dump costs, ' he said. 'Unless developers identify on-site remediation technology which can render the pollutants inert, they may be unable to proceed for months or even years.'