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IBN Workshop

Asbestos in Soil - A Magic Number?

The Ireland Brownfield Network (IBN) will host a workshop on the 19th September to discuss the key issues regarding the investigation, analysis and assessment of asbestos in soils (AiS), and the subsequent management of risks through remediation and management of waste.

Asbestos poses significant financial, legal and reputational risks for the management and redevelopment of brownfield land. IBN is producing a guidance document to support an all-Ireland approach for the investigation, assessment, and management of AiS through referencing existing legislation and industry-led guidance and best practice.

The overall aim of this document will be to provide developers and their advisors with a refence guide to explain their legal requirements and identify appropriate mitigation measures to support the safe management and development of brownfield land.

This workshop will be invaluable for anyone involved in soil remediation, land management, or research into relevant sustainable methodologies.

The workshop panel will include:

Anne Marie Casey
ESB International
Anne Marie is the Chairperson of the Ireland Brownfield Network. She is a Senior Specialist with ESB International with over 17 years' experience having worked as an environmental specialist in Ireland, Northern Ireland, UK, Azerbaijan and America. Anne Marie is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Chartered Scientist in the UK and Ireland (CIWEM). She holds an honours B.Sc. (Geol) degree from the UCC, M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. Her areas of expertise include waste management and environmental liability assessment in relation to soil, ground-gas, air quality, construction noise, surface water and groundwater risk assessment and remediation.
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Olivia Holmes
Malachy Walsh & Partners
Olivia is a Senior Environmental Consultant with over eighteen years’ experience in Environmental Engineering, focussing primarily on contaminated land assessment and remediation, waste management, and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and planning.  Olivia is a chartered engineer with Engineers Ireland and a chartered member of CIWEM. She is recognised by Engineers Ireland as being suitably qualified and experienced to carry out risk-based assessment certifications of historic landfill sites and contaminated land sites.
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Claire Clifford
Claire is Technical Director of Enviroguide Consulting, where she manages the contaminated land group.  Claire’s experience includes work in Ireland, UK and Canada on a range of brownfield sites for clients in the industrial, property development, petroleum, pharmaceutical, and waste sectors.  Her areas of expertise include contaminated land and hydrogeology assessments in particular human health and environmental risk assessments and remediation of brownfield sites as well as site investigation, waste classification and project management.  Claire has a BSc in Geology from the University College Cork and an MSc in Environmental Sciences from Trinity College Dublin. Claire is a Professional Geologist (PGeo) with the Institute of Geologists of Ireland (IGI) and is listed on the IGI Register of Competent Persons for Unregulated Waste Disposal/Contaminated Land Assessments.
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David Kerr
White Young Green Limited
David is a Senior Environmental Consultant with WYG, an award multi-disciplinary consultancy based throughout the UK and Ireland. David provides advice to a wide range of public and private sector client’s on the management of land contamination and environmental risks associated with owning, managing and developing brownfield sites. Before joining WYG, David had gained experience as an independent Environmental Advisor and Environmental Scientist involved in the assessment, management and remediation of pollution incidents. David has professional experience in contaminated land surveys and assessment, human health risk assessment, environmental impact assessment, waste classification and invasive species.
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Owen Williams
Brownfield Development Services
Owen is a freelance environmental advisor working with clients who acquire and develop brownfield sites throughout Ireland. Owen is the founding Chair of the Ireland Brownfield Network and is a former environmental insurance broker, consultant and regulator. His 20 years’ experience and expertise in quantifying and managing environmental liabilities has earned him a reputation as being a pragmatic problem solver dedicated to the appropriate and sustainable redevelopment of brownfield sites.
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Siobhan Cox
Queen’s University Belfast
Siobhan is a Senior Lecturer at Queen’s University Belfast. Her research interests include risk assessment of contaminated sites including human health risk assessment, the use of bio-accessibility testing and differentiating between geogenic and anthropogenic sources of contamination. Dr Cox has also considerable industrial experience of leading the assessment and management of contaminated land, successfully delivering multi-million pound construction projects as a contaminated land consultant, before entering academia in 2003. She is currently a project leader on the €3.7M REMEDIATE Marie Curie ETN and a work package leader on the £550k InnovateUK funded LowCoPreCon project.
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For more information about the workshop, please contact us at Remediate(at)

Conference programme
Conference programme