'Internship Position for Environmental Science/Earth Science/Hydrogeology/Geology Graduate for 1 year'
A non-paid Internship Position for
an Environmental Science/Earth Science/Hydrogeology/Geology graduate
for 1 year's duration will become available over the next 2 weeks. An
MSc. graduate is preferable. The job will be approximately 75% office
based and 25% field based. Office work will include environmental
desk study, BH & TP log preparation, drawing preparation using
autocad, laboratory data collation, input and analysis, report drafting,
etc. Field work to include site investigation, trial pitting and
drilling supervision, groundwater and surface water monitoring, air
& noise monitoring, etc. Only graduates with a genuine interest in
pursuing a career in environmental consultancy should apply. Work
experience in a number of our service areas is guaranteed. Please send
detailed curriculum vitae hardcopy to Mulroy Environmental, 30 Lisroland
View, Knockbridge, Dundalk, County Louth or email to
'Appropriate Due Diligence Of Brownfield Sites in Ireland –
In The Current Market'
Padraic Mulroy of Mulroy Environmental gave a presentation to CMG Events' 'Contaminated Land Conference 2012' which was held on the 16th
May 2012 in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. To date
Ireland has no national soil protection policy nor does it have any
national soil quality and/or remediation standards. There is as yet no
dedicated regulatory regime providing guidance on the identification,
assessment or remediation of brownfield sites. In effect, the regulation
of contaminated land in Ireland is a ‘Non Liquet’ or legal Lacuna (i.e.
a gap or void).
In an inventory of contaminated land
sites carried out by the Irish EPA in 1999 and presented in a CARACAS
publication, the number of contaminated land sites in Ireland was
conservatively estimated at a relatively modest 2,000 to 2,500. This
number was derived from an inventory of contaminated land sites in the
petroleum retail sector, at various industrial sites, at closed landfill
sites, timber treatment yards, scrap yards, railway yards and former
gasworks sites. In comparison, the number of contaminated land sites in
the UK is estimated at possibly over 100,000. It is stated that the
number of brownfield sites or facilities with contaminated land legacies
in Ireland is significantly less in Ireland than those of most other
more industrialized European countries such as the UK, due to Ireland’s
relative late arrival into the industrial age.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency
carried out an inventory of potentially contaminated land and have
stated in 2011 that they have indentified a number in excess of 14,000
sites. This number was revised upwards from 12,000 in 2009. Mulroy
Environmental carried out an 'in-house' inventory of key industrial
sectors. This in-house inventory suggests that the NIEA contaminated
land database number is correct. As such, it is likely that the Rep. of
Ireland has over twice the number of potentially contaminated sites as
that of Northern Ireland i.e. >30,000.
Padraic addresses current practices in
pre-purchase Due Diligence work in Ireland particularly desk study (i.e.
historic mapping reviews, on-line data sources, ordnance survey data
gaps, etc), site walkover practices, Conceptual Site Modelling,
preliminary site investigation design and implementation and generic and
detailed quantitiative risk assessment procedures.
Padraic addresses the current over
reliance on 'dig and dump' solutions to contaminated land remediation
projects and the lack of expertise within local authorities in
addressing the redevelopment of brownfield sites. He addresses the
current waste licensing system and the need for a waste licence where a
linked soil managment process is proposed. Padraic also compares the
cost of waste licence applications in the south to those in the north
and address the number of waste licences applied for to date in the Rep.
The presentation can be downloaded here or, you can view it below.
'Contaminated Land in Ireland - A Consultant's Perspective'
Padraic Mulroy, of Mulroy
Environmental gave a presentation to the Scottish Contaminated Land
Forum (SCLF) on the 8th September, 2011 at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. The subject of the presentation was 'Contaminated Land in Ireland - A Consultants Perspective'.
The issue of historic contaminated land is one which in Ireland we
have managed, insofar as it has been possible to do so, to avoid
directly addressing. There is no definition of contaminated land within
the Irish legislature. Other EU member states have chosen individual
methods of addressing this issue e.g. the UK Environmental Protection
Act 1990, Part 11A in the UK.
To date Ireland has no national soil protection policy nor does it
have any national soil quality and/or remediation standards. There is as
yet no dedicated regulatory regime providing guidance on the
identification, assessment or remediation of brownfield sites. In
effect, the regulation of contaminated land in Ireland is a ‘Non Liquet’
or legal Lacuna (i.e. a gap or void).
The presentation can be downloaded here or, you can view it below. The conference programme which involved 12 presentations can be downloaded here.
'Planning Permission for Waste Transfer Station in Thurles'
Environmental, working with Mcardle Doyle Consulting Engineers Ltd
secured planning permission for a 3,600 tonnes per annum waste transfer
station for O'Dwyer Skip Hire t/a Envirobin at Cabragh Business Park,
Ballycurrane, Thurles, Co Tipperary.
proposed development will include a change of use for the existing
warehouse building, offices, and wholesale timber yard to a domestic/
commercial/ non-hazardous industrial waste transfer station and dry
recycling facility to include a new surface water attenuation with waste
water interceptor, rain water harvesting system, a commercial vehicle
weighbridge, a new public civic amenity recycling facility, signage
Environmental carried out a site suitability assessment and
processed a detailed environmental report and revised drawings to
comply with a request for further information by North Tipperary
permission was granted by north North Tipperary County Council on
the 23/03/11. This decision, however was appealed by a 3rd party to An Bord Pleanala on the 27th April 2011.
'Contaminated Land in Ireland - A Consultants Perspective'
Padraic Mulroy, of Mulroy Environmental recently published an article entitled 'Contaminated Land in Ireland - A Consultants Perspective' in the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management's (CIWEM) Global Contaminated Land Network - E-Newsletter.
The article can be viewed here or, you can view the CIWEM E-Newsletter here.
'Mulroy Environmental - Review of BS10175 - Code of Practice for the Investigation of Contaminated sites'
Mulroy Environmental, as part
of its membership of the British Land Reclamation Society (BLRS) is
participating in the review of Draft British Standard BS10175 - Code of
Practice for the Investigation of Contaminated sites. It is hoped
that the new draft will:
Make consistent with other standards, good practice industry guidance and legislation issued since 2000;
Remove reference to out-dated references, legislation, standards etc;
Reflect current organisations holding information, or who need to be consulted. Provide up-to-date contact details;
Include Scottish and Northern Irish legislation, bodies, regimes;
Reflect developments in investigation practices and techniques; and
Mulroy Environmental HQ is enduring very
cold weather conditions. We had our Meterological Station out to assess
the latest temperature and pressure trends in the weather and it does
not look good. At 14:00 today, it was a healthy 'Siberianesque' -0.4oC and 1002hpa with no real sign of the pressure dropping. Regular snowfalls dont bode well for next week.
'Padraic Mulroy accepted to The Expert Witness Directory of Ireland'
Padraic Mulroy of Mulroy Environmental has recently been added to the 'Expert Witness Directory of Ireland'.
The Irish Expert Witness Register is an association recognised by the
Bar Council of Ireland. This is a comprehensive and reliable list of
expert witnesses working in Ireland and Northern Ireland and is
published jointly between Round Hall and Sweet & Maxwell. Admission
to the register requires references from practicing solicitors and/or
barristers for competent work completed in the past 3 years (i.e.
production of affidavits and/or technical reports and provision of
expert witness services in court).
Mary Mc Gardle of Mulroy Environmental
recently gave a presentation on the EPA's Risk Based Methodology on
Enforcement. The presentation gives a general breakdown of the system
and identifies how it can be beneficial to IPPC facilities. The
presenation will be available to view in the coming weeks.
'Comparison of Two Very Different Glacial Tills in the Northeast of Ireland'
Padraic Mulroy of Mulroy
Environmental gave a presentation to a graduate level
Environmental Pedology Class held by the Soil & Water Science
Department of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S. The
presentation was titled 'Comparison of Two Very Different Glacial Tills in the Northeast of Ireland'.
'Sustainable Wastewater Management in Rural Housing Developments'
Padraic Mulroy of Mulroy Environmental gave a presentation titles 'Sustainable Wastewater Management in Rural Housing Developments'
at the ESAI Colloquium on 3rd February, 2008. Government planning
guidelines have been put in place in order to reduce 'ribbon'
development in rural Ireland. Guidelines stipulate that development
should concentrate around rural villages and wastewater treatment
facilities should be located, constructed and maintained to the highest
standards to ensure minimal impacts on water quality and particularly
groundwater quality. However a lot of rural villages in Ireland lack the
necessary public services infrastructure to allow proposed residential
zones to develop in an environmentally sustainable manner.