Decommissioning, Demolition and Remediation Carbon Black Plant, UK
Key Project Elements • Site Condition Report for Environmental Permit Surrender • Decontamination of Plant in Preparation for Demolition • Compliance with Environmental Permit Conditions and other EHS Regulatory Requirements • Represent Client in Negotiations with Remediation and Demolition Contractors
CRA was commissioned to provide support with the decommissioning, demolition and remediation of a redundant carbon black plant in Bristol. The plant commenced operations in the early 1950s and ceased production in late 2008 and there was a legacy of historic contamination on the site requiring remediation. The plant was classified as a top tier COMAH site until inventories of the relevant dangerous substances were reduced below the threshold levels specified in Schedule 1 of the COMAH Regulations, and its Environmental Permit (EP) would remain extant until demolition of the plant and remediation of the site had been completed. CRA’s contribution to this project included: • Devising strategies for the removal and disposal of all residual dangerous substances (including asbestos) prior to demolition; • Support to ensure compliance with site’s EP during plant decommissioning (including submissions of all notifications and reports, as required) and liaison with regulatory authorities (EA, HSE and local authority); • Production of Site Condition Report and other documentation required for the surrender of the site’s EP (on completion of demolition and remediation activities); • Review of all contractor’s risk assessments and method statements to ensure works did not cause pollution and were carried out in full compliance with the requirements of the EP and all other health, safety and environmental legal and procedural requirements; • Providing advice on contractor’s site induction and permit to work procedures; • Ensuring compliance with all relevant waste legislation including Duty of Care audits of waste disposal facilities; • Liaison with the site landlord on behalf of the client regarding the condition of the site on completion of demolition and remediation; • On commencement of the demolition and remediation projects, performing the role of ‘Employer’s Representative’ (ER) as defined by the remediation and demolition contracts on behalf of the client. This included ensuring the works proceeded in accordance with the agreed project plan and method statements, and representing the client in negotiations with contractors in the event of unforeseen circumstances arising during the works that could result in additional costs or delay. On completion, the ER signed off the works to confirm they were fully compliant with contractual requirements.