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I've worked primarily with community groups for many years – mostly in the UK, but also in Eastern Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. The materials produced from that work have relevance not just to the people who commissioned them, but many other communities too. For that reason I maintain an on-line archive of my work.

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During the 1990s I visited some of Britain's most blighted urban landscapes, assisting communities who had tired of being taken advantage of by polluting industries. It's an unfortunate fact that much of the nations waste is dealt with in the poorest areas of the country, and the more depressed an area, often the more impactful are those operations.

While environmental laws have created clear benefits, in certain areas the power of the industries involved, due to the profits which can be made, will always challenge the implementation of those laws in the public interest. Waste management and contaminated land is clearly one of those problem areas.

Over the years I have investigated scrap metal sites, contaminated industrial sites, unlawful and licensed waste tips and incinerators. I've also taken part in strategic planning processes in order to try and improve those systems.

These days I do far less of this work – primarily because my push to tackle the 'next' big issue means that I try and avoid being distracted by the well-rehearsed problems of the past.

I make these reports available so that others might carry on that work.


Waste Management & Pollution Reports

inc image The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking' – A submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry

December 2014

A submission to the Commons Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry into the environmental impacts of 'fracking'

file icon The Environmental Risks of 'Fracking'
352.6 kilobytes



inc image A response to DECC's public consultation on the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round's Strategic Environmental Appraisal

March 2014

This report provides a comprehensive review of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Strategic Environmental Appraisal (SEA) of the 14th On-shore Oil and Gas Licensing Round. It has been produced as part of the public consultation on the SEA, and is intended to provide a technical evaluation of the SEA in the light of the latest global evidence on the impacts of unconventional gas developments. The report has been produced in support of various individuals and small groups around Britain who are concerned by the Government's push to develop various types of extreme energy developments. The specific purpose behind the drafting of this report has been to highlight the areas where the Government's viewpoint/data departs from the growing body of evidence regarding the impacts of unconventional gas technologies.

file icon A response to DECC's 14th Round SEA
439.5 kilobytes



inc image The Byker RDF Plant and the Contamination of Land in Newcastle upon Tyne with Incinerator Ash (report draft)

November 2000

This report was never properly finished, and still remains as a draft. However, it provides a detailed account of an investigation into how Newcastle City Council's incinerator plant was run, and how contaminated ash was used on allotments and parks in Newcastle.

file icon Draft report
3.7 megabytes



inc image Abernant Farm Landfill Application

October 1999

A response, on behalf of Dinefwr Friends of the Earth, to a planning application for a landfill site, near Abernant in Carmarthenshire, that sought to regularise the unlawful activities on the site.

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135.5 kilobytes



inc image Harwell Laboratory: Southern England's New Radioactive Waste Repository?

February 1999

An analysis of the UK Radioactive Waste Inventory, and the significance of the information it provides in relation to radioactive waste storage at Harwell in south Oxfordshire.

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300.8 kilobytes



inc image 'Best Value' and Waste Management in Local Authorities: An Independent View

November 1998

A paper for a seminar I gave to the Institute of Waste Management's conference on 'best value'.

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317.5 kilobytes



inc image A Critical Evaluation of the Essex Waste Local Plan

November 1998

An evaluation of the proposals contained in the draft Essex Waste Local Plan "ghost-written" for another consultancy group working on the plan.

file icon Essex WLP report
197.7 kilobytes



inc image Appraisal of Biffa's Application to Change Waste Types at Stewponey Landfill Site, Stourton

September 1998

On behalf of the local community group FLAGS, I undertook a series of reports on the proposals by Biffa to switch from inert to toxic wastes at their landfill site near Stourton west of Birmingham – which sits on one of the most important groundwater resources in the area.

file icon Stewponey Landfill report
196.9 kilobytes



inc image Round O Quarry Landfill Public Inquiry

July 1998

On behalf of ARROW in Skelmersdale, I undertook a large amount of work in relation to a public inquiry into the proposals to allow landfilling in Round O Quarry. Below are the two main proofs produced for the inquiry, and a briefing produced for members of the public who wished to take part in the inquiry process.

file icon Proof of evidence
259.7 kilobytes

file icon Supplementary proof
227 kilobytes

file icon Round 'O' briefing sheet
79.4 kilobytes



inc image Final Draft PPG10: Response to Consultation

March 1998

A report, for the Free Range Network, on the Department of the Environment and the Regions consultation on new waste planning guidance [which DEFRA had previously tried to squeeze through a very limited consultation before the Free Range Network found out about it and made it very public! – hence the work 'final draft' in the title].

file icon Final Draft PPG10 report
188.2 kilobytes



inc image Lancashire Minerals and Waste Local Plan Public Inquiry

1998

Lancashire... dustbin of the North West! I undertook a large amount of work on waste in Lancashire for the ARROW group in Skelmersdale from 1996 to 1999 – in order to defeat proposals for a large landfill site on the edge of Skelmersdale in Round O Quarry. Below are some of the more interesting proofs of evidence produced for the public inquiry into the waste and minerals plan.

file icon Proof of evidence 1
145.8 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 2
45.3 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 3A
113.1 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 3B
259 kilobytes

file icon Proof of evidence 4
101.7 kilobytes

file icon Landfill need proof
18.4 kilobytes



inc image Cilyrychen Quarry: IDO Stage II Registration – Analysis of Tarmac's Application and Technical Statements

June 1997

A report produced for Dinefwr Green Group/Friends of the Earth and the Campaign for the Protection of the Gwenlais Valley providing an analysis of Tarmac's "interim development order" (IDO) review application for Cilyrychewn Quarry in West Wales.

file icon Cilyrychen Quarry IDO report
243.5 kilobytes



inc image Waste disposal on Allsopps Hill Quarry, Rowley Regis, Warley, West Midlands

June 1996

A report on the out-of-control operations on a former landfill site in Rowley Regis. A developer had gotten control of the restored landfill site and started to top builder's waste on it to construct a 'golf course' – even through that had tipped so much waste that it was now a mound rather than flat, and the landfill gas collection system of the former landfill was crushed and gas was moving off-site again! Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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34.1 kilobytes



inc image An Analysis of the Aller Barton and Uffculme landfill proposals, and waste management policy in Devon county

May 1996

An analysis of waste proposals in Devon for Devon Friends of the Earth Network, which opened a larger can of worms. Although the planning application's themselves were fairly questionable, whilst digging through Devon County Council's waste disposal files I found the County had an £18 million liability for previous landfill operations which the waste officers hadn't explicitly told the councillors about! Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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131.9 kilobytes



inc image Analysis and Response to the Environmental Statement for the AWE Aldermaston Waste Transfer Station

May 1996

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. This was the report on the environmental statement that was eventually submitted by AWE for construction of the transfer station. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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155.7 kilobytes



inc image Fenny Compton Landfill – Analysis of application and submitted documentation

March 1996

A report on the application to Warwickshire County Council for Britain's first dedicated incinerator ash 'monofill' (they only intended to put incinerator ash in it, which is a very large toxic legacy!). The site was only 10 miles from where I lived, and after this and other reports the company withdrew the application before it was determined by the council. It was critical to stop this site because without easy ash disposal it's far harder/more expensive to set-up incinerators in the UK. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Fenny Compton Landfill report
195.4 kilobytes



inc image Response to Safeguard International's Environmental Statement on the Culham Radioactive Waste Transfer Station

November 1995

A report on the proposals to turn an old garage into a transfer station for hazardous radioactive wastes. It was rather a farce of a planning application, having been first unlawfully approved and then withdrawn by the local council, before being taken over and badly handled by the County Council.

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211.7 kilobytes



inc image Assessment of the planning application for a waste transfer station, AWE Aldermaston

April 1995

In 1995/6 I did some work for anti-nuclear and peace groups in Berkshire relating to a proposal from AWE Aldermaston (where Britain makes it's nuclear weapons) to construct a radioactive waste transfer station. Originally Berkshire County Council were just going to wave the proposals for AWE's radioactive waste transfer station through – this report outlines the authority's responsibility to demand an environmental statement for the development even though it did not require planning permission. Please note that these reports have been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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112.6 kilobytes



inc image A Review of Waste Disposal and quarrying at Turner's Hill, Oldbury, West Midlands

October 1994

A report for a dedicated local campaigner, Fred Hadley (who unfortunately has since died). This was my study of the landfill site just up the hill from his house, and which was being run chaotically even though it took quite noxious hazardous wastes from the West Midlands chemical industry. It was doing work with Fred that showed me the stark difference between what the law says and what compromised local officials do – and ultimately this difference is the ecological disaster that we describe as "The Black Country" Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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105 kilobytes



inc image Contaminated Land in South Ribble

July 1994

A report for Friends of the Earth on the extent of contaminated land in the former (now re-organised out of existance) South Ribble District Council area of Lancashire. The purpose of the report, given the debate raging about contaminated land registers at the time, was to take a former industrial area and see what scale of contaminated land register could be produced.

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245.3 kilobytes



inc image Sustainable Waste Management – Possibility or Pipe-dream?

17/02/1994

An article on the meaning of the word 'sustainable' as applied to the term "sustainable waste management" – written for The Recycling Council's annual seminar in Birmingham, 17th February, 1994 (and published in the proceedings of the conference, Why Recycle?, A.K.M. Rainbow [editor], A.A. Balkema publishing, 1994). Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

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95.6 kilobytes



inc image An Assessment of General Environmental Options (GEO) Ltd's Environmental Statement on the Proposed Hespin Wood Incinerator

September 1993

An application for an incinerator just north of Carlisle, on the edge of the River Eden/Solway Firth (and one of my first incinerator jobs). Eventually the application was refused because of the environmental impact upon the sensitive wildlife sites in the area, and because of the traffic and visual impact on the area. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics.

file icon Main report
270.8 kilobytes

file icon Report summary
127.4 kilobytes



inc image Contaminated Land: What's The Problem? – The implications of contaminated land issues for the small property buyer

1992

An information-cum-advertising report on the hazards of contaminated land – a lot of my early commercial work related to contaminated land/toxic pollution issues. Please note that this report has been converted from a now redundant file format and so the pagination has been lost, along with any graphics

file icon Contaminated Land: What's The Problem?
130.6 kilobytes