Providing independent advice on environmental issues
Services
Water assessment and management
  • Water resource assessment and development
  • Hydrogeological investigation, modelling and risk and impact assessments
  • Aquifer and surface water protection
  • Surface water and groundwater monitoring
  • Flood risk assessment and the design of water management schemes
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Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Assessment of development potential
  • Landscape and restoration design
  • Planning applications
  • Applications for Development Consent
  • Supporting statements
  • Environmental assessment and statements
  • Negotiations and statutory consultees
  • Public Inquiries
  • Community consultation and liaison 
      
     

 

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Surveying and Computer Aided Design
  • Topographic surveys
  • Three dimensional computer aided design facilities
  • Volumetric analysis of mineral and landfill sites
  • Creation of perspective views and photomontages
  • Plan and section presentation
  • Drainage surveys
  • Setting out building and engineering works
  • Restoration and landscape design

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Geotechnical and Ground Engineering Services
  • Ground investigation and geotechnical testing
  • Ground and geotechnical engineering design of quarries and landfill sites
  • Independent third party construction quality assurance of natural and artificial barrier systems
  • Slope investigation design and stability assessment
  • Contract preparation, administration and supervision
  • Design, supervision and verification of contaminated land remediation schemes
  • Project Co-ordination and Design under CDM Regulations
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Atmospheric Emissions
  • Atmospheric dispersion modelling
  • Gas and vapour monitoring
  • Flux box surveys
  • Health risk assessment
  • Vapour emission risk assessment
  • Assessment of risks to development
  • Odour assessment and control

 

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Waste Management Technology and Solutions
  • Recovery, treatment, anaerobic digestion, composting, incineration, thermal treatment and landfill
  • Hazardous, non hazardous, inert, clinical and low level radioactive waste
  • Waste strategy advice and submission to Local Development Documents
  • Planning applications, applications for Development Consent and environmental impact assessments
  • Environmental Permits
  • Risk assessments
  • Waste producer audits and environmental due diligence
  • Waste characterisation
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Mineral Development
  • Mineral resource assessment
  • Planning and environmental impact assessment
  • Quarry design and working plans
  • Geotechnical assessments and civil engineering
  • Restoration
  • Environmental audit
  • Hydrology and hydrogeology
  • Water management
  • Extraction waste management and permitting

 
 

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Landfill Design and Management
  • Ground investigation and assessment
  • Site design and assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Applications for planning permission and Development Consent
  • Environmental permit applications
  • Gas control, collection and utilisation
  • Leachate control, collection and treatment
  • Construction quality assurance of liner installation
  • Monitoring, data assessment and audits
  • Restoration
  • Risk and environmental liability assessment
  • Presentation of expert evidence

 

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Contaminated Land
  • Contaminated land desk studies including site reconnaissance
  • Site investigation including the assessment of land and groundwater contamination, land gas and geotechnical testing
  • Human health and environmental risk assessment
  • Design and implementation of remediation schemes
  • Management of materials including Qualified Person declaration under the Definition of Waste Cope of Practice scheme
  • Liability assessment 

 

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Construction Quality Assurance of Low Permeability Barrier Systems
  • Selection and assessment of materials for mineral barrier systems (source evaluation reports)
  • Independent third party design review and audits
  • QA audits of raw materials and synthetic liner manufacturing
  • QA of material handling and installation
  • QA of  testing
  • CQA reports and preparation of as-built records
  • Construction supervision
  • Contract administration


 

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Corporate Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Policy development
  • Environmental and integrated management systems
  • Corporate social responsibility reports
  • Identification and review of key performance indicators
  • Operational procedures and codes of practice
  • Baseline environmental assessments
  • Monitoring of impacts, performance and targets
  • Environmental audits
  • Waste, water and energy audits
  • Due diligence and insurance
  • Technical advice on legal matters
  • Environmental training
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Environmental Permitting

 

  •  Review of operations and processes against permitting requirements
  •  Environmental Permit applications (England and Wales)
  •  Waste Management Licence and Pollution Prevention and Control Permit applications
  •  Variation applications
  •  Closure reports and closure applications
  •  Surrender applications
  •  Appeals against regulator’s decisions
  •  Preparation of management systems and monitoring schemes
  •  Site condition and baseline reports
  •  Environmental assessments
  •  Compliance audits
  •  Technical and expert witness reports and representation

 

The volume and complexity of regulation and associated guidance provided by UK regulators presents a significant challenge to industry.  This is evident particularly in the area of pollution control with industrial processes being increasingly the subject of regulation in line with European Directives such as Directive 2010/75/EU on industrial emissions which is known as the ‘Industrial Emissions Directive’ or ‘IED’.  The transposition of the IED into national legislation affects a wide range of industrial activities from intensive farming to wastes management. 

 

 MJCA has the experience, expertise and capability to support you through the pollution control regulatory regime.  We provide a comprehensive range of services from the preparation and management of your application for an Environmental Permit (in England and Wales), Pollution Prevention and Control Permit or Waste Management Licence (in Scotland or Northern Ireland) through to compliance auditing of the operations against permit conditions.

 We provide a complete application service that includes the provision of the following: 

  • Evaluation of your business operations against the permitting requirements.
  • Discussions and negotiations with the regulator.
  • Gap analysis of your operations against the requirements of relevant technical guidance.
  • Completion of the application and supporting assessments and other documents.
  • Production of the application site condition report or baseline report.
  • Environmental assessments prepared in accordance with technical guidance.
  • Preparation of bespoke management systems.
  • Provision of supporting services such as environmental audit, environmental risk assessments, site investigation and surveying services. (see our Contaminated Land, Geotechnical and Civil Engineering Services and Surveying Services)

 

We regularly advise clients on the appropriateness of their existing planning consent(s) for the proposed permitted activity or prepare applications for the necessary consent if this is appropriate (see our Planning Services).

 For those businesses that already have a permit for their operations we regularly provide support services such as compliance audits and the review of operational procedures and supporting documents or as the needs of the business dictate provide support in varying, transferring or surrendering the permit.  We have considerable experience in the preparation of closure reports and closure applications for landfill sites (see our Landfill Services).  We also provide technical advice with respect to appeals against a regulator’s decision to refuse an application or to revoke a permit or against a regulator-initiated variation of the permit conditions.

 For some activities a permit is unnecessary.  We have the experience necessary to evaluate the activity and advise you on whether a permit is necessary for a particular activity.  The most appropriate solution for some operations will be the notification of an exemption to the permitting regime.  We provide advice on whether an exemption is appropriate and notify the regulatory authority of the exemption on your behalf thereby reducing the regulatory burden with its associated costs. 

 As a company we are involved actively in consultations on the development of new legislation and guidance that have the potential to have an impact on industry through our membership of industry and government committees and working groups.  We have representatives on the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) Environment Committee, the Environmental Services Association (ESA) Regulation, Planning and Landfill, Pre-Treatment and Logistics Working Groups, the Steering Committees of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM) Special Interest Groups for Regulation and Hazardous Waste, the Mineral Products Association (MPA) Waste Group and we are represented on the Environment Agency Landfill Regulation Main Group as well as a number of sub-groups.  We are therefore well placed to advise clients on the potential effect of emerging guidance and or legislation in addition to existing guidance and legislation.  

 
Materials and Waste Management
  •   Advice on the definition of waste
  •   Support for the implementation of the CL:AIRE Definition of Waste Code of Practice
  •   Provision of Qualified Persons to review CL:AIRE Code of Practice documentation
  •   Preparation of documentation to support the fulfilment of End of Waste criteria
  •   Submissions to the Environment Agency Definition of Waste Panel
  •   Preparation of Waste Recovery Plans
  •   Waste characterisation
  •   Advice on applying the waste hierarchy
  •   Hazardous waste classification
  •   Planning and permit applications
  •   Technical and expert witness reports

 

Directive 2008/98/EC on waste which is known as the ‘Waste Framework Directive’ or ‘WFD’ sets out the basic concepts and definitions related to waste management, such as definitions of waste, recycling and recovery.  It explains when waste ceases to be waste and becomes a secondary raw material, the so called End of Waste criteria, and how to distinguish between waste and by-products.  The WFD introduced a revised waste hierarchy including new concepts such as ‘preparing for re-use’ and ‘other recovery’.  MJCA works with businesses across all levels in the waste hierarchy. 

 

MJCA provides advice to companies which help prevent materials being classified as waste under Article 3(1) of the WFD and thereby become subject to the increased cost and regulatory burden that is associated with the management of the materials as a waste.  A good example is material that arises from demolition, earthworks or site remediation activities which may not comprise a waste depending on the nature of the materials, how they are going to be used and site specific circumstances.  We provide advice to developers and contractors on the most appropriate way for managing such materials as non-wastes including the use of the “Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice” published by Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments (CL:AIRE).  The re-use of materials in development projects can support the sustainable remediation and redevelopment of contaminated sites bringing them back into productive use (see our Contaminated Land services). 

The CL:AIRE Code of Practice (CoP) provides a framework for determining whether or not excavated material used in land development is waste.  It prescribes the circumstances under which re-use can be considered and under which waste can be considered to have been recovered.  We have the experience necessary to prepare the documentation that provides the auditable system necessary to demonstrate that the CoP has been adhered to on a site by site basis and that materials have been used correctly as non-wastes.  MJCA has a number of Qualified Persons (QPs) who can review the documentation prepared under the CoP and complete the necessary declaration under the CoP.

Article 6 of the WFD sets out the basis on which criteria can be developed that must be achieved in order to demonstrate that a waste which has been recovered fully is no longer a waste and therefore not subject to waste regulatory control.  We have the experience necessary to prepare the documentation that is required by businesses to demonstrate that relevant End of Waste criteria have been met for their products.  Routinely this will comprise the preparation of a suitable written Quality Management System (QMS) that includes an appropriate documented Factory Production Control (FPC) and Method Statement of Production (MSP).  These documents provide the framework within which the business will generate the evidence that can be used to demonstrate to customers and the regulator if necessary that the materials have achieved End of Waste status and can be sold and distributed legitimately as products that meet all relevant standards and specifications.

Commonly the relevant End of Waste criteria will be defined within a published Quality Protocol or European Commission (EC) Regulation.  Where there are no published End of Waste criteria for the particular product that is being manufactured it is possible to obtain a product-specific End of Waste decision.  We have the necessary technical experience to prepare an End of Waste submission.  We provide advice to businesses on the information that will need to be collected to support a submission which is likely to include suitable robust laboratory testing.  Obtaining an End of Waste decision reduces the potential risks to the business of unnecessary investigation or enforcement action by the regulator into the legitimacy of the products and potentially provides a competitive commercial advantage. 

Where a material does meet the definition of a waste under Article 3(1) of the WFD it is essential that the waste is classified correctly so that it can be managed appropriately to minimise potential impacts on human health or the environment.  We have extensive experience in the characterisation of waste including inert waste and hazardous waste. The classification of waste as hazardous or not is complex and often misunderstood. We have developed and use a proprietary model to characterise hazardous waste in accordance with Environment Agency guidance.  The model is updated with changes to the legislation and guidance so that it continues to take account of the latest requirements when characterising waste material as hazardous. 

MJCA’s materials and waste management services are supported by our experience in gaining the authorisations to progress a development and to operate an industrial process or to undertake a waste management activity where this is appropriate (see our Planning and Environmental Permitting Services).