Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Ocean Plastic - Phthalates

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Ocean Plastic - Phthalates

Phthalates (pronounced fal-ates) are a group of chemicals used to make plastics more flexible and harder to break. 

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Phthalates are also a powerful endocrine disruptors. Accumulating in glands or living creatures and causing a myriad of problems, including sterility (orcas) and contaminating eggs of arctic seabirds (northern fulmars)

There are many ways Phthalates enter the ocean, including poor sewage treatment, and inclusion of Phthalates in cosmetic products. However, the one source we can do something out is  beach plastics. 

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Monday, 25 January 2021

Sardines = 0.03% Plastic

Small Percentage, Big Problem

Sardines = 0.03% Plastic

Whether you enjoy eating Sardines, or value them as food for Marine Predators such as Dolphins, it is bad news that they now contain 0.03% plastic. 

Bad for Humans, Bad for Nature


Microplastic pollution is found in human & marine animal's organs and scientists fear the tiny particles could increase the risk of infertility and cancer

Microplastic particles can also accumulate polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), other chemicals that are linked to harmful health effects, including various cancers, a weakened immune system, reproductive problems and more.

We are trying to clean up the mess, pleas can you can help
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Thursday, 21 January 2021

Soak-Away Test Report Gloucester

Soak-Away Test Report Gloucester  

We have recently been commissioned to deliver a BRE 365 Soak-Away Test in Gloucester. The proposed development is residential. 

From commissioning to issue of report the turnaround for this project was under 5 days. 


The results were fair and we design the system in line with the planning authorities requirements, which was a 1:100 year rainfall event with a 40% allowance for climate change.  

Southwest Environmental Limited carry out soak-away testing all over the UK. If you need a report for planning, or to aid with design then please get in touch and we can provide a fixed price. 

P.s. The ground conditions on this job were sandy, with a touch of gravel. People often assume that if they see sand and gravel they will get a good result, but if there is an amount of clay in the sand and gravel mix, this can quickly reduce soakaway rates to low levels. 


Thursday, 12 March 2020

Daylight and Sunligy Assessment - London - N4

We have recently been commissioned to undertake a sunlight and daylight assessment in North London (N4).

 

The project is relatively small involving a roof extension.

 

We have been provided with plan for the proposal, as well as detailed elevations, and we will prepare a before and after comparison of sunlighting and daylighting conditions.

 

The BRE209 guide suggests that  20% reduction in lighting levels is acceptable, most projects fall within the 20% allowance.

 

If you are looking for an environmental consultant in London to undertake a Sunlight and Daylight Assessment then please call or email Southwest Environmental limited we would be very happy to assist and we can also provide design advice.

 

 

 

Monday, 20 January 2020

Permit Variation - Trowbridge - Wiltshire

We have recently been commissioned to undertake a Permit Variation  in Trowbridge, Wilshire.

 

The site has been running under an existing permit for a number of years, but an upgrade to some of their equipment will mean that an environmental permit variation.

 

On the face of things this would seem fairly easy, but in reality it is very tricky as the EA often ask for all kind of information, which might extend to activities outside of the variation.

 

For example if you were to vary the permit because you are installing a new boiler over 1 MW, they may also ask you to provide new emissions data on your abatement system for dust extract.

 

More often than not things can and do inflate past the requirements for what logically might be expected when varying an environmental permit.

 

If you would like to find out more please call for a no obligation chat.

 

 

Friday, 13 December 2019

Flood Risk Assessment - Bristol

Flood Risk Assessment - Bristol 


Southwest Environmental Limited have recently been commissioned to prepare a flood risk assessment for a site in Bristol (Avonmouth). The site is subject to tidal flooding and, as if typical with the majority of the Avonmouth area, is low lying.

Avonmouth - Docks

Key factor explored in the flood risk assessment will be the anticipated flood depths from tidal, fluvial and pluvial (rain) flooding, and then design of mitigate measures.

In this instance the application is retrospective which will create further challenges. We will have to make sue of the current site lay out, existing outbuildings and other factor in order to present a positive proposal.

The report will include a Exception Test and Sequential Test

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Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Independent Review of Planning Documents - St Albans

Independent Review of Planning Documents - St Albans


We have recently been offered a small job by St Albans Council to look over a Planning Application, and provide steering on likely Environmental Impacts to the development.

The situation is quite unusual in that the a housing development was being assessed on the basis of proposed impacts from a large mineral working & landfill scheme, that had not yet commenced. 

The mineral working (quarry) scheme in question had been approved by environmental permitting, but planning permission was still pending at the time of our review.

We reviewed the extensive Environmental Impact Assessment that had been submitted in support of the Quarry & Landfill Application.

We made review of the following Environmental Impact Assessment chapters:

  • Noise Impact
  • Dust Impact 
We also recommended for further assessment in following areas:

  •  Bio Aerosol
  • Odour 
The main benefit to the local populace was the restriction of the sites operating hour to standard business hours.

Bio Aerosol and Dust risks typically fall away quite quickly at a distance of 250m from source, as the housing site was within 250 meters of the proposed quarry and landfill we recommended further assessment in these areas.